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Jan. 8th, 2015 | 12:30 pm

The Charlie Hebdo attack is an utter affront to the journalist in me. Every fibre of my being, reinforced by my education, is bristling. Journalism, in its purest form, is the ideal of unadulterated freedom of expression. It is the greatest bastion for freedom of speech, at all costs. It must not be subdued whether via threat of violence or other odious means by those who would have the truth forever untold. Any true journalist would give their life to uphold these ideals, because if they are not prepared to pay the ultimate price, then it is an admission that their ideals end where their safety begins. It is an admission that they can be stifled into silence.

Journalism is what holds governments, companies, and organizations to account. It should be feared as the most legitimate threat to dishonesty, corruption, and outright evil. If the borders of freedom are invaded then new borders will be quickly imposed the following day, and the day after that. The integrity of journalism, and the voice of every individual, would be bombarded until no territory remains. That cannot be allowed to happen, and it is the duty of every journalist to uphold their beliefs, especially in the face of danger.

I am attending a vigil in Nottingham tonight and I hope that the crowd is vast, peaceful, and compassionate. Unconditional love of truth, and humanity, must prevail.

Je suis Charlie.

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from: imagnocean
date: Jan. 8th, 2015 02:51 pm (UTC)

I would love to attend something here to show my support and solidarity. Je suis Charlie aussi.

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