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Charlie Hebdo Attack: Should Freedom of Speech be Limited?

Considering the attack in Charlie Hebdo, the possible reason is  publisher’s repeated offensive satirical cartoon with deception of Prophet Muhammad, which is banned in Islam religion. Since the attack there has been controversies on whether that cartoon was hate speech or not. ISIS  officially claimed criminal declaration.

Charlie Hebdo has been publishing satirical cartoons since 1970 and it hasn’t only been publishing some offensive ones towards Islam but also towards Africa, Asia, and US. According to The Guardian after the attack Pope Francis said that one cannot make fun of faith and also “There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity…in freedom of expression there are limits.” As Charlie Hebdo violated dignity and rule, and made fun of Islam, which is drawing deception of Prophet Muhammad, which is strictly banned, this cartoon could be considered as hate speech.

According to French Government, even though freedom of expression is supported by the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, public defamation and slander are punishable by law. The cartoon clarly defamed and slandered Islam as it offended Islam’s dignity and made fun of it. Therefore, the cartoon would be considered as hate speech.

Qatar and Switzerland

The two countries I chose are quite developed and I think they are quite similar to each other. My research topics are that why those two countries are highly developed.

Qatar has life expectancy of 78 years, but surprisingly,  it increased a lot in 100 years. Also it is interesting to note that it has GDP per capita of 131,758 dollars, which is the richest and highly developed country in Arab region. I think it is that high because in Qatar, there are quite a few citizens (apx. 2.2 million) and also it has the world’s third largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves in excess of 25 billion barrels.

Switzerland has life expectancy of 80, which is one of the highest. It has GDP per capita of 53,672 dollars, which is third highest in Europe. I think it is that succeeded because even though there are a lot citizens (more than 8 million) in Switzerland they still get a lot money by food, and visitors. Because in Switzerland there are a lot of watch, cheese, and chocolate brands and more than 8 million visitors visit Switzerland.

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