Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Je Suis Charlie?

Take a flyer. A Bogotá city employee hands out flyers supporting the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo may be ugly, offensive, repugnant and blasphemous. But in a free society, one has a right to be ugly, offensive, repugnant and blasphemous. Nobody is obligated to read the publication.

Today, Bogotá's City Hall joined the chorus in support of free speech in the wake of the horrific massacre of Charlie Hebdo staff in Paris.

Colombia has no similarly scathing publication. But if it did, I'd be interested in seeing how Mayor Petro would respond to being satirized in such a vicious way.

Even the communist paper 'Voz' came out in favor of Charlie Hebdo - and included an irrelevant criticism of capitalist media monopolies. 
Charlie Hebdo's latest, post-massacre cover.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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