Freedom: the press is crying but does not flinch

TRANSLATED BY AMALE ZEGGOUD

A week ago, a historical tragedy shook France. 17 people were killed by three crazed killers. The country, the world, rose up against these barbarian acts and they mobilized to protest. Here is an overview of this unity against terrorism.

I will not talk about the 17 deaths. I will not talk about the three murderers.

No, I will not write an editorial in honor of the dead. Others did it, and others will do it, so much better than me. I want to retain the positive aspect of this catastrophe. It is not a way to ignore the atrocities that we have lived through, but a way to avoid looking over our shoulder, to avoid living in fear, because hope rises in each tragedy.

Here, how can we not nourish the hope that a general awareness will highlight the necessity for the freedom of the press, in other words, a freedom of speech? How can we not hope for a surge of pride from people with dulled critical thinking? Millions of people mobilized in order to show that we will not remain passive, that we will fight for our rights, our freedoms. How can we not perceive this rally as a hope, a path towards our efforts?

JOURNALISM SCARRED FOR LIFE

We should remember that this day will mark a turning point in journalism. A Charlie generation is born. This generation scarred by these attacks will have an additional motivation to manage information and fight against censorship. Indeed, they did not kill the press; they did not kill our motivation. Rather the opposite. Today the Hydra approach is applied – they cut off one head, and we will grow others in its place. Even stronger. Even more determined. In each country, pens will grow from the roots of freedom.

Freedom cannot be shot down by bullets. We have to make freedom unbreakable. We have to delve into the sore with our pen, point fingers to what is embarrassing and show what is disturb-ing.

We have to keep on working.

At Journal International, each member has grown up after this event. Each contributor has felt deep down an urge to more expression and information. They wanted to scare us, they gave us an unflinching motivation – to provide you with each important detail we find, to dig up information and analyze them for you, to inform you without circumlocution, no matter what happens. As information is our battle and freedom our weapon.

Voltaire defined really well our will; “”I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it”.

Journalism is not dead. Freedom is not buried. In fact, freedom has grown up more than ever.