The Needle’s Media Correspondent reports:
UK Mainstream Media outlets stood in solidarity, declaring their support for the principle of Freedom of Speech following the murder by Islamic extremists of 12 people in an attack on French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo.
The Daily Mail bravely published a Charlie Hebdo cartoon while explaining that the Islamic extremists had targeted Charlie Hebdo because they had published cartoons that Muslims had found offensive. Just like this one about Jews.
The Independent steadfastly refused to be bowed by this challenge to freedom of speech courageously publishing a Charlie Hebdo cartoon declaring that this cartoon featuring the Pope was similarly offensive to the ones that probably provoked the attacks.
The Sun stressed the need for every journalist to stand as one and not to allow themselves to be dictated to by extremists who want to change our natural freedoms and way of life. And to demonstrate this they fearlessly published a Charlie Hebdo cartoon, noting that some feminists would find this cartoon as offensive as the ones that had upset Islamic extremists..
The Guardian went a step further dauntlessly risking the wrath of Michael Jackson fans by publishing this Charlie Hebdo cartoon demonstrating as they did so that they stood shoulder to shoulder with all who stood against censorship of a free press.
The Daily Telegraph made it absolutely clear that they would not be dictated to and unflinchingly published a Charlie Hebdo cartoon and explained to their readers that this cartoon about gay marriage was drawn by the same people who had been shot for drawing other cartoons.
All in all, this is a very sad day for journalists in the UK and everywhere but a proud one too as they can say that they stood in solidarity against those that would curtail Freedom of Speech and declared with one voice;
Je suis Charlie! (Mais un charlie différents. Pas celui qui publie des caricatures de Mahomet. Comprendre?)