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Silencing the satirists
Silencing the satirists

The attack on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris today aimed not just to silence a particularly noisy and outspoken critic of Islamic extremism but to intimidate people everywhere who value the right to freely express their views. The heavily armed, masked gunmen shouted jihadist slogans during the shooting that left 12 people dead, including the journal's top editor and four prominent cartoonists who worked for the paper as well as two policemen assigned to guard the building; four others were critically injured in the attack. The attackers then fled the scene and, as of this writing, were still at large as French authorities conducted a massive manhunt to...