The massacre at Charlie Hebdo, and the subsequent killing of a policewoman and mass murder at the Hyper Cachet kosher market, shocked the world. Young fanatics with automatic weapons unleashed a torrent of violence and death, fuelled by zealous intolerance. At the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satiric newsmagazine, 12 were murdered and 11 wounded. The victims were guilty of nothing more than expressing ideas. Certainly, true to the point of satire, many of the ideas were very offensive to many people -- in this case, caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.
I'm uneasy calling the massacre in Paris an attack on journalism. Journalism is a vast flabby entity, practised by many. The slaughter at Charlie Hebdo was aimed at satire, birthed along with journalism in the enlightenment era (Swift in England, Moliere and Voltaire in France, many others). More precisely, it was aimed at political cartooning, which the French adore. Daumier was the great precursor to the martyrs -- I think that's the right word -- this week.
At a talk held in Ottawa October 25th, Glenn Greenwald responds to audience member, Jennifer Dales' question about privacy and love. Video by Jase Tanner for rabble.ca.
Read Jennifer's rabble.ca article about Edward Snowden, love and privacy here.
Watch the rebroadcast of our livestream of Greenewald's talk here, and find out why this video went viral.