If we accept, though, that journalism is inclusive in this continuum — and the major media practitioner societies show this by endorsing the “Je Suis Charlie” movement — then the profession’s columnists and cartoonists have a greater stake in the terrorist attack on the French weekly’s staff.
The personnel of Charlie Hebdo comprise the commentary end of the craft. Those were OUR brothers and sister who were shot — Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, Elsa Cayat, Georges Wolinski, Bernard Maris, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, Philippe Honoré, Jean “Cabu” Cabut and Mustapha Ourrad. The NSNC also honors the memories of police officers Ahmed Merabet and Franck Brinsolaro (Charb’s bodyguard), maintenance worker Frédéric Boisseau, newsroom visitor Michel Renaud, and the others slain in related violence.
Here are published columns in all media by members of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists on the attacks in France. This post will be updated. (NSNC’ers, contact us for inclusion.)
- John Avlon, The Daily Beast, “Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too“
- Gina Barreca, Ph.D., Psychology Today, “A Brief Rant about Paris and Satire“
- Seth Brown, Bennington (Vermont) Banner, “In Which I Break the Law” [added Jan. 18]
- Stu Bykofsky, Philadelphia Daily News, “‘Charlie’ Was Courageous“
- Rick Horowitz, Huffington Post, “Charlie Hebdo and the Right to Laugh“
- Philip Martin, blood, dirt & angels, “Je ne suis ni terroriste ni charlie; je suis humanité“
- John Messeder, JohnMesseder.com, “Je suis Charlie, je suis du monde” [added Jan. 18]
- Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald, “From Now On, No More Mr. Wise Guy“
- Blake Seitz, Washington Free Beacon, “Free Speech and Cartoons of Muhammad“
- Bill Tammeus, Faith Matters, “The Cost of Ideological Failure“
- Jerry Zezima, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, “NSNC Condemns ‘Hebdo’ Attack“