Charlie Hebdo, five years on: What’s left of the ‘I am Charlie’ movement?

IN THE PAPERS – Tuesday, January 7: It’s been five years since 12 people were gunned down at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The papers ask: what’s left of the freedom of speech movement that arose in the wake of the attacks? Also, we look at the devastation of Australian wildlifes on eco-systems, Romania is set to renovate a pre-war casino, and finally: is “Cats” better when you’re high? That’s what the Washington Post is asking!

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In This Story: Charlie Hebdo

On 7 January 2015 at about 11:30am CET local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with rifles and other weapons, they killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the terrorist group al-Qaeda.

Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region on 7–9 January 2015, including the Hypercacher kosher supermarket siege.

Charlie Hebdo is a publication that courted controversy with satirical attacks on political and religious leaders. It published cartoons of Muhammad in 2012, forcing France to temporarily close embassies and schools in more than 20 countries amid fears of reprisals. Its offices were also firebombed in November 2011 after publishing a caricature of Muhammad on its cover.

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