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Jerm Wonders Whether the Charlie Hebdo Attack will Cause Cartoonists to Back Off

Jerm WarfareComedy ClubUK newspaper Daily Mail recently featured an article by Associated Press who spoke to cartoonists from around the world after the attack on the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Comedy Club and Jerm Warfare author Jeremy Nell, aka Jerm, was one of the cartoonists interviewed.

“I wonder if there is going to be some sort of chilling effect on cartoonists and satirists in general, kind of backing off from highly sensitive topics,” Jerm said. According to him, one possible scenario would be that editors might become more fearful of backlash and consequently avoid running controversial drawings submitted by cartoonists.

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They pushed boundaries, one cartoonist said. They were “absolutely crazy,” another said. Across the globe, in Greece, India, South Africa and elsewhere, cartoonists are describing the satirists killed at French magazine Charlie Hebdo as among the most fearless and irreverent in the business.
Some cartoonists also worry whether the attack on the Paris office of a publication that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad could dampen a willingness to speak out, including in countries that may not face religious extremism but do experience a growing intolerance for free speech as governments clamp down on opposition.


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