SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press. That's the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which makes pretty clear the way America understands liberty.
Respect for speech and the press were the casualties in the terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Jan. 7. Hate alone appears to have motivated the slaughter at the Kosher Grocery Store two days later.
As a news organization, freedom of speech and of the press are the essential elements of our mission; they are also critical pillars of our democracy. If the terrorists hoped to silence speech with their bullets, their efforts were in vain. Charlie Hebdo's cover this week, reprinted and broadcast by many of America's newsrooms, depicted the prophet Muhammad, an offense worthy of death in the eyes of some.
The caption reads “I am Charlie”, a sentiment with which we at WTOC agree. We, too, are Charlie. Above the cartoon the headline says “All is forgiven.” To that we say, not yet, not in America.
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