The shooting at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Jan 7 left 12 dead. The French publication's controversial content is at the centre of the debate on freedom of expression. Here are some views.
Wise laws on slander would have helped communal peace
In the wake of the terrorist assault last week on the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 persons were killed, many people all over the world were moved to say, in an outpouring of anger at the perpetrators and sympathy for the victims, "I am Charlie". Read more here.
March by Muslims for Muslims
President Barack Obama was criticised for failing to attend, or to send a proper surrogate to, the giant anti- terrorism march in Paris on Sunday. That criticism was right. But it is typical of US politics today that we focus on this and not what would have really made the world feel the jihadist threat was finally being seriously confronted. Read more here.
British editors' right not to republish offending cartoons
Why did the British press, unlike some newspapers elsewhere in Europe, refuse to republish the caricatures of Prophet Muhammad that led to the slaughter of 12 Charlie Hebdo staff?
The simplest answer is that freedom is, or should always be, tempered by responsibility. Drawing the line between the two is difficult at the best of times, and that task is made exceedingly onerous in the face of murderous irrationality. Read more here.
Not everyone wants to be Charlie Hebdo
What is one to make of the Charlie Hebdo episode?
Right-minded people will surely condemn the murders of the cartoonists and journalists of the French satirical magazine.
No one should be killed for expressing their views, however offensive to others. Laws may curtail a person’s expressions to safeguard others’ interests; but death is no recourse. Read more here.
No mention of 'blasphemy' in the Quran
As they went on their rampage, the men who killed 12 people in Paris last week yelled that they had "avenged the Prophet". They follow in the path of other terrorists who have bombed newspaper offices, stabbed a film-maker and killed writers and translators, all to mete out what they believe is the proper Quranic punishment for blasphemy. Read more here.
Fallout from Paris shootings: Asian views
On Jan 7, two terrorists stormed the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12. They were reportedly incensed over the magazine's repeated caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. Police later shot dead the gunmen. Read more here.