Cartoonist slams attack on Charlie Hebdo

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 8, 2015

Well-known local cartoonist Johnathan Shapiro, otherwise known as Zapiro, has described the attack on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, as “worst attack on journalism, satirists, the press, and all free thinkers in society that we have seen in recent times”.

Speaking in the Mail and Guardian, which also publishes his work, Shapiro said that the killing of 12 people, including the publication’s editor and three cartoonists, not only rates as an attack on freedom of the press, but that it could potentially have an effect on countries where so-called Islamophobia has been on the increase.

“I hope that it doesn’t have a further chilling effect on satirists, commentators and journalists; any free thinkers in society. But I’m afraid that scenario is probably inevitable,” Shapiro said, adding that those in government “should really start standing up more than they do against the narrowing of freedom of expression”.

“In SA we see some alarming trends among politicians attacking media for all sorts of reasons. That trend is not just here. Corporations like Google, Yahoo, Twitter, all social media and information technology media should stand up more assertively against the sort of shutting down of freedom of speech that happens,” he said.

 

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