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Cody: Attack on free expression inspires artist

By Malik Preston Staff Writer

On Jan. 7 in Paris, two gunmen armed with assault rifles entered the newsroom of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed 10 people.

According to a BBC News story, the masked gunmen shot and killed the editor's bodyguard, the editor, four other cartoonists, three other editorial staff and a visitor. They also killed a building caretaker on their way to the magazine’s offices, and they killed a policewoman as they were escaping.

The gunmen were part of a group offended by cartoon images published by the magazine that they said mocked their prophet Muhammad.

Citizens of countless cities all throughout the world stepped out to protest and mourn the victims after the terror attack. Because it was seen as an attack on freedom of speech, many artists responded to the attack with paintings, sketches and editorial cartoons.

Cody DIT sophomore Samuel Bessiake drew his own image in response to the attack.

“It’s supposed to depict the injustice of the situation,” Bessiake said. “I wanted to show how harsh it would have been at the scene.”


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