Shooting at Charlie Hebdo

Written by Derrick Ngo

The Issue

Charlie Hebdo is a French weekly magazine containing reports, cartoons, and political jokes about religion, politics, culture, etc. On January 7, 2015, two masked Islamic gunmen forced their way into the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo and opened fire onto the staff, killing 12 cartoonists.


The editors of Charlie Hebdo believed that it was okay to write and publish a prophet Muhammad on their weekly magazine. Due to this, it infuriated one of the many insulted religious people (the Islams) that two of their men killed 12 of the staff that employed for their magazine.

How Can This Be Avoided?

In order to prevent this in the future, we all must respect other's religious and personal beliefs. Although there is freedom of speech and freedom of the press, this privilege should not be abused in such a degree that others would find and take it into offense. Therefore, in order to prevent chaos and violence among the peace of others, one should respect and try to understand others' personal and religious preferences.

Consequences that would happen if this were to be ignored would be national to local war, hectic among the people, anarchy, discrimination, etc. All of which are violent. This would be a good idea to avoid because lives are important and people shouldn't die for disagreeing and debating on beliefs.

What Should They Have Done?

The French shouldn't have been insulting other religions in the first place; abusing the power of freedom of speech and press is wrong. However, it does not mean what the Islams did just because they were upset was right either. The Islams took into violence for their anger, when they should have taken their anger through the law; the legal way. If the Islams (and any other religions) disagreed with any magazine, then they could have taken this to court where the issue could be solved in a civil way.

Relationship with Social Justice

In terms of social justice, both the French and Islamic abused the privileges and opportunities of society. The French abused their national human rights (press and speech) by their insulting magazine, and the Islams abused their privilege of disagreeing on a civil public service without handling it morally.


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