The pen is mightier than sword…

…but a bullet proves more fatal

editorial cartoon 12 march 17 MEDIA KILLINGS final

“Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it.”
Greeley, Horace

“Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault.
It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims
of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”
Henry Anatole Grunwald

“Generally speaking, the best people nowadays go into journalism,
the second best into business,
the rubbish into politics
and the shits into law”
Auberon Waugh

This article was written in 2012 and resonates strongly today given the recent tragic events in Paris. Everyone has a point of view on Charlie Hedbo and whether it’s right or wrong doesn’t matter – what really matters is that people have the right to put forward their opinion. Individuals can either agree or disagree, listen or not – we are free to make that choice. The only opinion I have is that no-one has the right to condemn another person to death for their point of view, but that means little to the families of the 17 people killed in these attacks. Everyday I constantly try to make sense of all violence in the world and of course nothing, NOTHING makes sense. Violence is senseless.

I know one thing though, there will be no agreement, no compromise, not even a “agree to disagree” stance on Charlie Hedbo because…we are human.

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