Mamoudou Gassama, the Parisian who scaled an apartment block to save a child has been awarded French citizenship. He certainly earned it, but there’s a pattern here.
Looking at the Scott McIntyre firing, #Bali9 executions, Charlie Hebdo and PEN, and the Greens, the concept of “freedom” in its many forms stands out as the issue of the week in Michael Burrill’s #CurrentAffairsWrap.
The Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) releases a new report “Je Suis Humain: Responsible free speech in the shadow of Charlie Hebdo” in response to debate raging over free speech.
Michael Burrill’s Current Affairs Wrap highlights the sensitivities of our finest – Fred Nile, Rupert Murdoch and Cory Bernardi – following Charlie Hebdo.
It’s been a “Charlie”-heavy week on TBS, as it has for many publications, and we wrap it up with a short piece by Juliette Furio about what it’s like on the ground in Paris.
Writing in response to Michael Burrill’s piece on satire, Corey Farrell proclaims, “If you have ever offended anyone anywhere then you are Charlie, and I applaud you…”
Musing on the idea of free speech, Ash Imani finds the natural equilibrium of public expression bloody hard…but worth it.
Michael Burrill isn’t so sure that he wants to be Charlie, especially if their idea of “satire” perpetuates a poisonous climate that leads to marginalisation.
In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings, photographer and regular TBS contributor Juliette Furio sends us some images from Paris of the march for peace on Sunday 11th January.
Michael Burrill returns for this week’s Current Affairs Wrap, bringing us Tony Abbott in Baghdad, Charlie Hebdo, Nauru and unemployment.
Editor Paul Bugeja writes in support of media colleagues at Charlie Hebdo in France who have perished at the hands of desperate and despicable extremist criminals.