Former Charlie Hebdo Writer Says American Censorship ‘Saddest News’ as MSNBC Blurs Cover

Caroline Fourest, a former writer for French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, declared American refusal to show the magazine’s cartoons “crazy” and “the saddest news I’ve heard in all of this” as MSNBC blurred one of Charlie Hebdo’s covers in an interview broadcast on Tuesday’s “Ronan Farrow Daily” on MSNBC.

Regarding the censorship of the magazine’s controversial drawings in the US, she stated “it is the saddest news I’ve heard in this all of this…we were just all so completely desperate actually, by the fact that no american newspaper wanted to just show [a] cartoon so innocent.” And “I’m sure if the people can see the cartoons for why my colleagues have been shot, they would not believe it. They would not believe it. It’s a cartoon where Mohammed is laughing, not laughing, is desperate by the fanatics because we’re seeing that Mohammed is against the fanatics. So, Mohammed is saying ‘it’s so, so hard to be loved by [bleep]holes’ and yes, you laugh and we did laugh.” She later stated that she was “sorry” for Americans who couldn’t see the newspaper’s drawings, and that it was dictatorial and theocratic to stop people from blaspheming religions.

Regarding the paper’s decision to publish the controversial Danish Mohammed cartoons, she said “we just did that for that, to say in solidarity, we’re going to show the drawings and then you can have your own opinion on them. And then we had some other cartoons, more Charlie Hebdo, like this one that i know because we are in America, probably going to blur it, [MSNBC did] which is just crazy.”

She also said that when the attack took place, “I knew that it was really probably an Islamist attack and I run away to see my colleague and the shock was to discover then at least more than ten of us were dead.”

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