BelowBostonBlog would like to take this time to send sincere sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of the attack on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris today.
As has been reported, the publication had been threatened previously for its sometimes use of cartoons pertaining to the prophet Mohammed. According to reports, some employees, and the office site, had been given police protection because of the threats made against Charlie Hebdo.
This attack comes in the wake of the hacking of Sony Corporation ostensibly because of the film “The Interview”[ in which Sony was the distributor]; the story line makes fun of the North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un. Sony made the decision to not distribute the film, although it now can be viewed online for a fee. According to reports, it has now passed $31 million dollars in online sales.
On January 5th 2015 ,an ELECTED county council official in Frederick County Maryland, USA, by the name of Kirby Delauter, used his Facebook page to threaten a reporter for even DARING to use his name without his authorization.
All of this is chilling for people around the world.
The freedom to express oneself through writing, art, film, music, cartoons, all types of media, is fundamentally democratic [small d] and helps strengthen society – allowing us ‘freedom from fear’ as FDR once famously put it.
To push out the darkness, show your support for Charlie Hedbo, see “The Interview”, and say that ELECTED official’s name out loud and in a blog or Facebook post: Kirby Delauter.
By doing so, you will have shown everyone that you stand on the side of freedom of expression.