By ZAC PALMER, Staff Writer
Paris, the city of love, was transformed into a battlefield last Wednesday. The attackers, heartless murderers, and the victims, harmless journalists. Inside the office that was attacked, the editors for the Charlie Hebdo were having an editorial meeting. The Charlie Hebdo is a satirical newspaper that operates out of France. Three gunmen burst in killing 12 and escaped unharmed and untraced. This brutal massacre was the most deadly in France in decades and has been felt by people around the world.
To compare this attack to something we can relate to in America, picture this same scene at The Onion. They are a completely harmless comedic publication that wishes nobody ill, just as Charlie Hebdo is. Journalists have been killed around the world for reporting the news as it is, but this attack brings it to a new level.
Besides the loss of human life in this terrorist attack, there is a loss in a journalist’s sense of security around the world. If one can’t be safe in one’s own office, then where is one safe? These terrorists wanted to send a message that the press should not be speaking ill of people that they don’t approve of. In a sense, they want to censor what goes out to people and make sure nobody says anything bad about their religion, even in a joking sense. A value that the entire free world shares should not be threatened by people who want to oppress our freedoms and rights.
After seeing this, I would hope that it doesn’t change how news outlets report their stories and decide which articles to run. Unfortunately, fear is quite powerful, and I’m afraid it may sway journalists in their decision making when writing. People around the globe have the right to see the news as it is, and we shouldn’t change our policies. In their mind, that would be a victory, and it may give them hope that these kind of attacks are successful in doing what they wish to do. Giving terrorists the satisfaction of success will only lead to more terrorism, in my opinion, and we will soon be bowing to their command in hopes of not being attacked.
Journalists, writers, and any kinds of media outlets must remain strong in the wake of what has occurred in Paris. The situation ended with the terrorists being killed, but not without them taking hostages. It is tough to comprehend why people do these sorts of things, but then again, there is no human rationale that would make sense to the rest of us.