A resounding yes. Free speech means, as Voltaire famously said, that although I may not agree with everything you say, I will defend to death your right to say it. Charlie Hebdo editors defended to death my right to say something. The only way to honor their lives would be to publish some of their cartoons.
The editors, writers and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo have spent their lives provoking discussions. About religion, war, poverty, racism, sexism, capitalism – no topic was off-limits. It is fair to say that no one agreed with them all the time. They called their magazine, “Irresponsible Journal” on the title page so that readers would know immediately that they were not above punching below the belt. It was a warning of sorts: open this cover and you will be challenged. Continue reading