In Paris 2016, the journalist Charlie Hebdo was attacked by terrorists, after publishing numerous cartoons and articles, picturing the religious figure Muhammad, which is a taboo in the Islamic religion. Although the freedom of speech in France has barley any limits, some comedians such as Charlie Hebdo took the freedom of speech to a level that can be seen as hate speech. However, if the government does not draw specific lines that citizens are not allowed to cross, it can not be seen or called out as hate speech. As publicists are allowed to have an opinion and make this public, they should not be called out. It is fickle to accuse a writer or comedian of hate speech, when they are simply doing their job by gaining attention through offensive voices. Hate speech can be interpreted in different ways by different people and communities. This attack shows us that we need to respect an individuals opinion and we need to tolerate anyones socially discriminating voice. Having the right to say whatever you feel about a topic, brings the risk of receiving hateful comments. But suppressing the right to speak up, will go against that right limit rather encourage censorship and rebellion.

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