Georges Wolinski, the leading caricaturist at Charlie Hebdo, was among those murdered in the terror attacks in Paris last week. He was one of my cultural heroes when I was starting out.पूरा लेख यहाँ पढ़ें
Neither Superman, Charlie Brown, Asterix nor "The Adventures of Tintin" spoke to me the way Wolinski’s black-and-white sketches did — with his distorted, exaggerated figures openly revealing their dark urges. This half-Polish, half-Tunisian Jew possessed an anarchist spirit that left no sacred cow standing.
Every community was insulted by his brush. His position toward readers was this: Does it bother you? So don’t read it! And if you want to ridicule me back, I won’t sue you.”
After the terrible massacre at Charlie Hebdo and the murders that followed at the Jewish market, concerned people have spoken out over the fate of France’s Jews. Don’t they see the time has come to move to Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told them after the murder at the Toulouse school?
And the sooner the better! But if Wolinski had moved to Israel and opened a Charlie weekly here, he would have had a problem.In France, freedom of speech is considered a universal right, while in Israel such a weekly would not be able to exist because of the Israeli law that bans “offending religious sensibilities.” During my years as a cartoonist I have had to become familiar with the laws restricting the Israeli press.
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पाकिस्तानी अखबार एक्प्रेस ट्रिब्यून में आकार पटेल का लेख Should the right to speech be absolute?
बिजनेस स्टैंडर्ड में टीएन नायनन का लेख A right to offend