The hashtag #JeSuisCharlie began trending on Twitter as a message of solidarity after 12 people were killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo Wednesday in what French President Francois Hollande called “a terrorist attack without a doubt.”
Three masked gunman stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo — a satirical publication that pokes fun at prominent figures in politics and religion and has previously been targeted for its cartoons portraying the Islamic prophet Muhammad — and began shooting. Witnesses reportedly told police the gunmen shouted, “We have avenged the prophet,” Agence France Presse noted. Four cartoonists, and at least eight others, were killed. The gunmen were still at large late Wednesday afternoon local time.
#JeSuisCharlie, or “I am Charlie,” began trending after the attack. Thousands of Twitter users posted the hashtag in support of those killed and freedom of the press.
— jean jullien (@jean_jullien) January 7, 2015
While it is most unusual to stand Shoulder-unto-Shoulder with Frenchmen, an Attack ‘pon Satire is an Attack ‘pon LIBERTY #JeSuisCharlie
— Samuel Johnson (@DrSamuelJohnson) January 7, 2015
I am heartbroken by the loss of life and attack on freedom of expression. #JeSuisCharlie
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) January 7, 2015
— Andrew McLaughlin (@McAndrew) January 7, 2015
RIP victims of massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris
— Ivan Watson (@IvanCNN) January 7, 2015
From Plato to Swift, Orwell, Bulgakov, even Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Satire has always been crucial to healthy debate. #JeSuisCharlie
— Jess Shankleman (@JessicaBG) January 7, 2015
I’m a Muslim journalist. Although I disagree w/ anti-Islam cartoons, my faith compels me to respect the rights of others. #JeSuisCharlie
— Sarah Harvard (@sarah_harvard) January 7, 2015
The more I read the more gut wrenchingly depressing it is. Killing people for fun using religion as an excuse. Tossers
— Robert Llewellyn (@bobbyllew) January 7, 2015
‘Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations’ – Orwell #JeSuisCharlie
— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) January 7, 2015
Every single publication in the world should publish the cartoon that led to that horrible attack. CharlieHebdo #JeSuisCharlie
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 7, 2015
This by @davpope
— kristyan benedict (@KreaseChan) January 7, 2015
The publication’s website also prominently featured the words.