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Qatar condemns attack on French newspaper as residents express horror

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A vigil held following the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newsroom.
A vigil held following the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newsroom.

With reporting from Shabina Khatri and Riham Sheble

Updated on January 9 to include information on ways residents can offer their condolences through the French embassy in Doha.

Qatar’s government and one of its most prominent imams have joined the global chorus of condemnation over yesterday’s deadly shooting at the headquarters of a French newspaper.

Three masked gunmen stormed the offices of Paris-based satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people – including cartoonists, the publication’s top editor and police officers.

Video posted by France’s state-run broadcaster reportedly shows the assailants shouting “Allahu Akbar” in Arabic (“God is great”) amid the gunfire. Other reports citing amatuer video say the attackers also shouted “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad.”

Front pages of Charlie Hebdo publications.
Various front pages of Charlie Hebdo publications.

Al Jazeera reported that Charlie Hebdo has received multiple threats in the past for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, among other controversial sketches.

In a statement, Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it expressed “strong condemnation and denunciation of Wednesday’s attack” and “stressed that such acts against defenseless civilians contradict with all moral principles and human values.”

Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, prominent local cleric Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi condemned the attacks and stressed that Islam and the Prophet Muhammad never sanctioned the taking of innocent life.

(Translation: “We, the scholars of the Muslim nation and its people, strongly condemn any action that sheds innocent blood and takes away secure peoples’ lives, spreading evil on earth regardless of who commits this action and what religion they belong to. Our sound religion respects humanity and honors it. It forbids any attack on humanity, making it one of the gravest sins. It does not in any way endorse the arbitrary killing of people.”)

Residents’ reaction

Several residents also expressed similar sentiments on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/samiromer44/status/552816431989944321

Mazen Abd Rabbo, a French national living in Qatar, told Doha News that he feared yesterday’s attack would have lasting implications on relations between people of different races in his home country:

“Who will suffer now? Muslims in France. Black people in France. Arabs. They will be even more marginalized in the already society that is looking at them as ‘different’ and not ‘of us.’”

A spokesperson for the French embassy in Qatar said those who wish to send a message of condolences can do so by email to contact@ambafrance-qa.org or through http://www.ambafrance-qa.org/Contact-us. The messages will be published on the embassy’s website.

Local debates

Qatar and its neighbors have struggled with how to respond to religious insults similar to the ones that appeared to offend and motivate the attackers behind yesterday’s incident.

Rally in support of free speech in Spain following attacks on Charlie Hebdo.
Rally in support of free speech in Spain following attacks on Charlie Hebdo.

While universally deploring violence, lawmakers and religious authorities have debated how to balance residents’ right to freedom of expression with efforts to curtail religious defamation.

In 2013, Qatar presented draft legislation to the Arab League that would have allowed countries to prosecute individuals who defame, deride or denigrate religions or their prophets.

Ebrahim Mousa Al Hitmi, Qatar’s then-justice ministry assistant undersecretary for legal affairs, said:

“The law does not interfere in any way with the freedom of opinion and expression which is well protected and guaranteed…

Therefore, the main goal of this law is to deter all forms of defamation of religions and give each country that ratifies it the right to file lawsuits against those who offend religions, even if they are not residents.”

But it remains unclear if the draft legislation ever gained any traction.

Qatar’s proposal came a year after hundreds of local residents marched toward the US Embassy in Doha to protest a YouTube video that disparaged the Prophet Muhammad.

Shortly before the protest, Al Qaradawi spoke in a Friday sermon, saying:

“Going to the embassies and breaking it or throwing rocks at it or burning it is not the right solution. We need to ask the USA to have an official stand against such acts of insulting religions.”

Thoughts?

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truth.e.ness
truth.e.ness
6 years ago

Cartoons are silly, but often smart in the way they foster thought. Murdering people over a cartoon is thoughtless and horrible. May freedom of speech grow stronger from this tragedy.

Bra_Beige
Bra_Beige
6 years ago
Reply to  truth.e.ness

Well said – #JeSuisCharlie

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  truth.e.ness

It will.

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  truth.e.ness

Charlie Hebdo magazine has an average monthly circulation of approx 30,000 issues.

Thanks to this massacre the cartoons in question are now being spread all around the world. By the end of the week there won’t be a person in France who won’t have seen a cartoon of the Prophet. And by the end of the month, there will be cartoonists all over the world drawing more and more cartoons of the Prophet.

If the goal of this attack was to stop people drawing and seeing such cartoons, then they have failed miserably in their goal.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

So true. I just googled them- never saw them before today. Not really my cup of tea, but then I can just ignore them

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

they’re always on the newstand in paris but nobody ever seems to buy it

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

Oh the irony. Like the original prophet cartoons in Denmark. they had been released I think 2 yrs earlier to little fanfare then someone from the ME dug it up and it became an overnight sensation.

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Yeah – there’s a lot of trash out there but killing people for producing it?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

If you remember it was Egyptian clerics who raised the Danish cartoons and they even faked extra offensive cartoons to get the Muslim faithful angry. Control and power. Reject your religious ‘leaders’

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I’ve become agnostic over the years. I’m beginning to become atheist now.

Diego
Diego
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

Your words hold true. Today in Quebec,Canada all French newspapers ran one of the cartoons in support of those slain. The English press not,but spoke of their support for running the cartoons. I am seeing many Muslim governments and groups condemning this act,which I feel is important.this stuff needs to be stopped or radicalism will prevail and help destroy attempts for society to work together.

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

Charlie Hebdo journalists are now planning to print run of their next edition.

Instead of the usual 30,000 copies, the next edition will be a circulation of 1,000,000 copies. You can almost guarantee the front cover will be another cartoon.

No one was particularly interested in cartoons of the Prophet until others vowed to kill people for drawing them. Nowadays they are more common than ever before, and there will be more to come as a result of this stupid attack.

KK
KK
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

these magazines become collectors items, check eBay.

Catalea
Catalea
6 years ago

This is absolutely horrible, I am muslim and am so disgusted by how some people, muslim or not, can think that killing human beings is normal. I just can’t.
I lived in Toulouse, and in 2013 an islamist had went to a Jewish school and starting shooting at innocent kids “because they were Jews” aka – non muslims – aka – bad people (according to them that is…) This leads to people continuously associating this negative image of Muslims/ Arabs to being terrorists….
But can we seriously blame them ?

Richard
Richard
6 years ago
Reply to  Catalea

Yes we can seriously blame them. Unlike you and me and many of the fine ladies and gentlemen in here, the Governments in places like Saudi Arabia and Qatar etc should stand up and declare what is allowed and what is not in Islam. These ideas about infidelity, flogging, stoning, killing for the prophet, bribing “Gifts”, and all needs to be condemned PUBLICLY! – Not doing that by those who have the power is why people often generalize. Plus, If the book itself is being misinterpreted by some, why is it such a crime to translate it into an easier language where the average human being living in the 21st century could understand for once and all?

Really, this is getting so crazy.. Every single day extremists kill and torture and bomb But NOT one king or prince or leader stands up and declares that this is “Haram”….

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

What makes me sad is the number of people supporting these murders or justifying them. You just have to read Twitter or other forums to see that some think although bad they should have expected it.

The other thing that is disappointing is when the Danish Newspaper published Mohd cartoons 100,000 of Muslims protested worldwide. In Pakistan they attacked buildings, burned cars and people died. In face it wasn’t the only country where people died.

Now 12 people have been murdered in the name of Islam where are these huge protests condemning such barbaric acts in the name of Islam? Nowhere.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

People justify killings everywhere. Mali, Central Africa, Libya and what do these places have in common? French Army. I am not justifying any killings here, just saying that concluding this whole issue in what you wrote is a bit bias.
#JeSuisAhmed

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

This wasn’t attack because of some French colonial hangover it was murder in the name of Islam as the attackers shouted during their killing spree.

Normal Muslims need to take back their religion from the extremists as all Islam is known for now is violence and brutality. It won’t happen of course because many secretly desire a Muslim world and think that these murders are on step on that path.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I am pretty sure you’re smart enough to understand that these people represent Islam just as much as the KKK represented Christianity and the teachings of Jesus.
#JeSuisAhmed

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

KKK don’t kill people because they were black in the name of christanity. These people kill in the name of Islam explicitly

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

KKK do kill people in the name of Christianity. They burn crosses in their ceremonies before and after they kill blacks and Jews.
Again these ISIS followers do not represent Islam, just as the KKK do not represent Christianity.

If only people had the same sympathy for ~40,000 Iraqis who were killed by the American crusade as they had for this case.

Kingpin
Kingpin
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protests_against_the_Iraq_War

36 million people, including 1 million in London alone. Are you planning to go to any marches this weekend, in the Muslim world, to protest againest fundamentalist Islam?

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  Kingpin

I will be busy preparing for the 4th anniversary of the fundamentalist Christian terrorist attack which happened in Oslo. Christian terrorism is on the rise and people should be aware of that.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I think what he did is right

Gargantua
Gargantua
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

You think whom is right?

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

He who?

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

Muslims

Gargantua
Gargantua
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

I personally don’t agree with mocking others beliefs and I find most such cartoons/comics somewhat tasteless and crude; with little thought stimulation despite what others have said. However, it is these countries laws and they allow freedom of speech to that extent. If someone came here and said something against our Prophet then he would be punished by law. Imagine if in turn we had people react to that by burning buildings and killing people cause they didn’t agree with those values.
It is just mindless chaos. Islam taught us to follow justice and not to become thugs and killers. I do not see senseless violence as the answer. It’s a shame that you feel burning buildings, shooting people, etc. is the means of settling something.
My faith in Islam is strong enough that I do not feel threatened by others thoughts. If I do not like it then I (as I do) remain in a Muslim country ruled by Sharia law or just ignore it; as I know in my heart what I believe and find peace within.
It is not ok to go to a secular state and then try to impose my beliefs on them as I would not want it vice versa.

dekan23
dekan23
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH
MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  dekan23

A few statements issued and in France. Probably trying to cover their own backs from the backlash. (Unfaily of course)

Where are the screaming Pakistanis matching down the street shouting not in my name or those in Indonesia in a mass demonstration of 10,000 saying we stand with France.

Nothing, pathetic.

dekan23
dekan23
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

If you are saying that the absence of these massive protests means that majority of us support what happened then you are delirious. I agree with you that these massive protests should exist but that requires unity, coordination, and organization which admittedly we as Arabs and Muslims lack in.
Just like during the conflict with Gaza and Israel over summer, you could find massive protests all over the world condemning Israel’s unproportional attacks except in the Middle East where it should have existed the most. It is definitely embarrassing but does that mean that we supported what Israel was doing? Of course not.
Muslim leaders from all around the world condemned what happened, not just in France to “cover their own backs”. If you want to criticize our lack of unity coordination and organization then I fully agree with you but don’t sit there saying that we as Muslims support the barbaric actions that happened.

Anyways if you truly believed that Muslims support such violence and inhumanity then it surprises me that you would choose to live in a country where up to 80% of the people are Muslim. I’m not saying you should leave or whatever I’m just confused with the logic.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

This wave of religious poison has changed Europe and for the worse. Europe was s tolerant open society that cared not for your religious affiliations.

Now we are seeing the anti Muslim backlash in many countries, which affects the law abiding sensible Muslims who just want to get on with daily life. They fear to speak out against these scum for fear of being labelled not Muslim enough or forgetting their roots.

It’s us and them and it didn’t have to be this way

#religionpoisonseverything

sadam
sadam
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

religion not only creates a great divide in europe but also in africa & asia.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  sadam

Wherever religion puts down it’s poisonoius roots, murder, division and discrimination follow

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I kinda start to like you, your saying is good this time 🙂

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed

Two ideas that I’m completely against:

1- Freedom of expression allows somebody to offend others, it’s “a good thing”, and they shouldn’t be offended because they’re wrong.

2- They offended us so we have to kill them because they’re wrong.

Both are idiotic ideas and have negative effects. They don’t have any positive effects, and can only split people apart.

Charlie hebdo has always been like that, their main aim is to be offensive to everybody, nothing changed and nobody can do anything to “improve” it, they will feel the need to speak more against Islam (not that they didn’t)…

These murderers should be brought to justice… The problem is that they think that they won something…

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I disagree in 1. I did not find what they did was offensive but others did. So who is right?

Many people find Islam offensive in some countries. Should it be banned in those countries?

Just to clarify I am not saying Islam should be banned. If we people want to practice that faith it is their personal choice.

dubious
dubious
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Interesting that you felt you had to add that bit about not saying it should be banned. Just in case, someone jihads you right? 🙂

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  dubious

I am not afraid. Let them issue their death threats, I bow to no God and I certainly do not bow to them.

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Well interesting he said he doesn’t think it should be banned, but his previous comment talks about all religions being eliminated! Ironic. Actually, for your first question, who is right? While we can disregard your earlier claim that Charlie did nothing wrong, and the further juxtaposition that presents…anyways, who is wrong and who is right? Some are wrong and some are not wrong really, ethics and laws are based on segments of society raising issues, they are given the status of right by their power, legitimacy and urgency, so in this context, the obvious wrong, murder…easy, that’s wrong here, that’s wrong in France, as far as I know, wrong everywhere outside of self-defence and the grey areas of war and not war. For the first one though, actually if we are to protect freedom of speech / expression and if it’s protected, then again, they can say what they want but aren’t above criticism, even at this tragic time, Charlie said take us to court we’ll fight it, were they bullies, racists, above the law? I doubt many people know, they were probably offensive, did they cross the line to defamatory, or inciting hate? Are those illegal in france? Did they yell fire in a theater so to speak? It would be a shame that in the rush to defend freedom of speech we all lost sight of freedom of debate, constructive criticism and of course being responsible with our art or work, but also that freedom of speech isn’t the real victim here, it’s the 12 people and their families, let’s not give these killers too much credit for threatening the less crazy people’s way of life

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

I think he means let them die a natural death, the day of religions is passing.

Christopher Lavelle
Christopher Lavelle
6 years ago

Freedom of speech endorses the right to offend. Being offended is subjective to each person. That does not mean we shall ban, or sue all who are offensive in order to hold back expression. People need to be respectful, understanding and accept multiculturalism.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

It would be good if Islam as well as Christianity, Judaism and others went the way of the Greek gods, Norse mythology and sun worshipers. Mere footnotes in history and a bunch of interesting stories to learn about.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

They are thankfully, well on their way.

Richard
Richard
6 years ago

THANK YOU!

Most muslims do not understand what subjectivity is. What you think is right and wrong could be the opposite of what MILLIONS think is right and wrong. As long as no one is invading your privacy and inflicting direct physical or psychological harm, you have no right to be offended. Even If you are offended, you make authorities get your right and not shoot people.

The problem is that to many Muslims, when you kill to defend the profit’s image, you are granted heaven. I challenge anyone here to say I am wrong about that.

dubious
dubious
6 years ago

Charlie Hebdo challenged taboos because respecting them, in their own words, “strengthens their censorial power. Worse, allowing extremists to set the limits of conversation validates and entrenches the extremists’ premises: that free speech and religion are inherently at odds (they are not), and that there is some civilisational conflict between Islam and the West (there isn’t).”

I do think they have something. It is extremely difficult to publish anything remotely critical about Islam or Judaism; the Jews sue you while the Muslims shoot you. *buh-dum-tish*

Without being able to offend people, your civilization stagnates because it turns out that everything is offensive to someone. You should have the right to offend someone, and they should have the right to ignore you or come back with an adult version of, “I know you are, but what am I?”

Besides, If you’ve been through school, or have siblings, you have almost certainly been insulted quite robustly by someone at least once, so we shouldn’t feel we have to pamper the delicate flowers so much becasuse they are not real. The worst though are the people who get offended on behalf of someone else.

2: Agree that killing (or discriminating against) people just because they are different to you is not right.

Diego
Diego
6 years ago

Freedom of expression to me is there to protect people so they can express relevant or earnest opinions. Then there are those who use that to support stupid or offensive ideas or remarks. I do not really see that,but. I understand some feel it is important and essentially ignore it. There will always be those who wish to push the limits though. That’s is why I feel it is important to show my child when something is wrong and why. Personally I think it is in poor taste to depict the prophet if that is sensitive. It is nowhere on the scale of the damage being done by radical extremists,and that I loath.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago

You have absolutely zero right not to be offended. Some of things that you espouse are vile to me, should I be allowed to shut you up?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Let’s be clear to Al Qawardi and his like, Charlie Hedbron did nothing wrong. Religion is not above satire or criticism, they are no special rules to placate the offended.

If you are offended that is your problem. Don’t whine like a child, you have the right not to read certain magazines or not watch certain films, do not impose your censorship on the rest of us.

Free speech was hard won from rulers and religious institutions and we will never give it up

Calpurnia
Calpurnia
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Thank you, MIMH.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

Freedom of Speech. It should be accepted in its entirety, not given get out clauses such as Religion and heads of State are sacrosanct. Parody, lampooning and critique are all healthy, all develop debate and challenge status quo. What is there to fear? I may disagree vehemently with you, but support unreservedly your right to voice your opinion. Je m’appelle Charlie

Omar
Omar
6 years ago

Religion is not something that should be made fun of.. each person is free to have his/her own beliefs. Making more cartoons about the prophet as a response to this attack is childish, and making such cartoons in the first place is ignorant. I’m against this terror attack, but I believe the journalists got what they deserve (this is what happens when you play with fire, your fingers get burnt)

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Oh dear, here we go trying to justify murder.

Your religion does not have special privileges, so don’t ask for any. Look what has happened now, my Twitter feed is full of Mohd cartoons. I just ignore them and I sugguest if you are easily offended don’t watch tv, don’t read the newspapers.

You have the right to be offended, but you do not have the right to never be offended.

Omar
Omar
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I didn’t say Islam is privileged. I said, press shouldn’t make fun of ANY religion!

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Ever watched Life of Brian?
If not you should.

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

or The Simpsons 😉

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Look up Jesus and Mo online. Brilliantly satirical cartoons. Wear a diaper though you may get offended.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Perhaps religions are there to be challenged. If people blindly follow a creed without questioning the message, how can they learn the meaning of the message? How can they value truth, if they have no way of measuring it against all the other creeds? How can they value what they have if they can never discuss the way others think, or challenge their belief? Religion is really not the same as Faith

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

Unless it is “blind” faith or is that the first pillar?

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

or anything ever.

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Many people believe that honour killings are wrong, but they wouldn’t take it upon themselves to murder people who murdered their sisters/daughters/cousins. Just because something offends you doesn’t give you the right to murder someone, and nothing can ever justify killing. An all powerful God doesn’t need a wannabe with a rifle to do His work.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

We have a winner.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

I think people like you who justify are quite scary!

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

or nutty

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

I cannot believe what you just wrote!! ‘ the journalists got what they deserve’… Your ignorance knows no bounds, but at least you are at liberty to express your hideous ungodly sentiments. In France, everyone has the right of expression, and religion has no special exemption. I take it you wouldn’t care if I drew a cartoon of Jesus, or Vishnu or any other religious figure? NO ONE deserves to die for expressing an opinion. Not even you….

Omar
Omar
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

It seems that all those who replied skipped to read this part “I’m against this terror attack”. I really don’t justify the killing (I wouldn’t agree that it happens), but in my opinion they deserved it (since it’s past already)

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Your statement is nonsensical. How can you be against the attack but believe they got what they deserve? Are you just confused as to the use of the English language or are you actually reconciling these two things in your head somehow?

sadam
sadam
6 years ago
Reply to  AEC

context clues: he probably meant they finally got what’s coming to them…mind you they have been assaulted & threatened several times before. not that they deserve it or anything. they should have seen this coming

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  sadam

So you’re saying the sensible thing for them to have done was to keep quiet?

sadam
sadam
6 years ago
Reply to  AEC

my take on this, those cartoonist seem to have some sort of death wish or something, but for those cops ,visitors , employees who had nothing to do with the publication , who were victims, it is very tragic to have needlessly lost their lives.

Jon
Jon
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

You are against… but they got what they deserved?
Go and see a doctor, for your (and our own) good.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

it means the same “you don’t justify the killing but they deserved it”. At least be coherent!

Omar
Omar
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Sadam got it right. They were threatened, but didn’t take it seriously and continued to do it. Therefore, they deserve it 🙂

If any of you plays with a lion and gets eaten, I’m not gonna blame the lion for eating you. You made yourself a meal on a silver plate.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Lions? I don’t think so.

Jon
Jon
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Lions don’t kill in the name of politics, ideology or a God.

This subject is beyond your intellectual bandwidth, and your comments are distasteful and border on the dangerous. I suggest you take leave and retreat. You are neither coherent, nor compassionate.

And before I forget, go ask for forgiveness.

Jon
Jon
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Got what they deserved? By getting murdered? Are you for real?

Free speech in the Civilised World is here to stay, whether you like it or not. If you disagree with something you are equally free not to read it, watch it, or follow it. There might be others who might want to.

Elusive Snake
Elusive Snake
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Sicko alert! Aren’t you just contradicting yourself there! Shame on you for condoning murder. This is a crime against humanity. I think you have a twisted interpretation of whatever religious reference you are reading.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Making Cartoons is one way to reach out to people and challenge the status quo. Sometimes making you smile despite yourself is the way to get a message across. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/religion
Religion is not the same as faith,

Enceladus
Enceladus
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Did you really write “the journalists got what they deserve”?

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago

Both the cartoonists and killers are idiots.

Omar
Omar
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

This sums it all up 😛

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Maybe but one are murderes and the other one draws pictures that kills no one.

I know which one I would prefer to meet for a debate

Catalea
Catalea
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

That’s like saying ” Both Israeli and Palestinian Kids are idiots ” Good thing you’re anonymous ey !

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  Catalea

Well if you throw rocks at an Israeli tank you get what you deserve, right?

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

exactly.

tellingitasitis
tellingitasitis
6 years ago

Someone called their bluff. Some things just shouldn’t be done; e.g. insulting the Messenger of Allah. You play with fire, you might get burnt…. or in this case, toasted.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Disgusting. Justifying murder. You are a horrible human being

Jon
Jon
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Horrible?
You are too kind and polite.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

You should be ashamed. Im sure your God will discuss it with you at a later date

Elusive Snake
Elusive Snake
6 years ago

This is a crime against humanity and you are condoning it! Seriously?! Your brain probably took a stroll and never came back….

Jon
Jon
6 years ago

You actually could get away with what you’ve just said thanks to the gift of free speech you are enjoying. Condoning murder makes you, ehm…

Kamora
Kamora
6 years ago

if you know ,that you will hurt 10 millions…with cartoons , why you do it ?? #vousetescharliechaplin

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Kamora

it is still called freedom of speech in the country who made a revolution happened with the motto “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité”. This is the essence of France.
Do you understand that they mock everyone? Not only one religion, all, plus politicians plus social affairs; this is secular Europe and how it is and has to stay!
We had our wars. We are what we are because of our past and what we have learned.

Kamora
Kamora
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

no one is asking you to change your secular Europe…. politicians and others are not equal to our prophet .
i believe that u heard what happened to “DIEUDONNE” when he did something hurting another religion. #freedom of speech!!!!

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Kamora

satire hurts all. The arm of satire hurts more than guns or bombs. And normally the critics involved are true. It is called democracy and freedom of speech. I guess you cant take it because you’re not European. Satire is witty and intelligent…..I guess that’s why you can’t get it

Kamora
Kamora
6 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

You never know if im European or not…..and stop guessing , try to understand what im saying . im not justifying that act ….and about democ and freedom of speech ask your french friends about (
dieudonne ), and they will tell u about freedom of speech

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Kamora

no need to ask, I know already! You might learn something though

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  Kamora

Dieudonne was on the left and now cavorts with the extreme right. His performances are repressed for anti-semitism, holocaust denial (completely nutty) and incitement to violence. He’s perfectly free to say what he likes. He’s just not allowed to “perform” in publicly owned spaces. There is a difference between that and shooting cartoonists.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Kamora

Its just a cartoon. It is meant to rouse comment and debate. Which it has

Jon
Jon
6 years ago
Reply to  Kamora

Ah, but remind me where most people flock to for their holidays when it is too hot yani.
Paris and London, the bastions of free speech!

Kamora
Kamora
6 years ago
Reply to  Jon

Sorry for you “yani” doesn’t belongs to my lexical filed , and i don’t go Paris & london ,specially when its hot…. and stop playing the gods of freedom of speech .

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Kamora

Deleting much of this thread for being off topic.

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Saves me some reading. 😉

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Jon

I do find that ironic. Many people in the ME berate the west constantly but you’re right, the first place they go on vaca is the USA and Europe. We’re so despicable but yet we’re so enticing. They drive our cars, they watch our movies and tv shows, they eat our food, they wear our clothes….

funny thing.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

Doha News, on this day, on this thread, you censor discussion. For once lets have a bit of freedom of speech eh?

Omar
Omar
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

hhhhhhhhhhhh

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

I’ve had numerous posts censored and they were the tamest on here.

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

There are posting problems with disqus – Are you sure you’re actually being censored?

Wanderer
Wanderer
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

Ah, freedom of speech and freedom of expression, not too popular in this neck of the woods… ask a certain Qatari poet.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

I will continue to delete comments that violate our policy, including ad hominem attacks and remarks that completely devolve the discussion.

Omar
Omar
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Feel free to delete, you don’t have to explain yourself. Not all people can see the bigger picture 😀

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

We are all adults here, and given the discussion thread, I suggest that for once Doha News let comments stand so they can be discussed and challenged

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Will you explain each time why? If not it can get pretty confusing.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  AEC

Yes, will try.

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

I commend you. There are merits in a mediated forum – e.g. no abuse, no going off track etc. can lead to a more focussed discussion. The problem with the Disque technology behind the discussion is that if the comments are mediated after posting (rather than before as many others work – even in France!) is that people tend to get the pip!

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  AEC

Though now the mediate before seems to be turned on?

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  AEC

For some streams at least..

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

So a poster infers I should die and that’s OK huh?

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Yes

AEC
AEC
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Wouldn’t it be an ad hominem attack?

Rapha31
Rapha31
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Apply your rules to all.

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago
Reply to  Rapha31

Boy, you are in Qatar. There is no freedom of Speech!

Rapha31
Rapha31
6 years ago

I am appealing to DN not to Qatar. I know there’s very limited freedom in Qatar.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

Good, So they can shut up your kind of ‘speech’

KK
KK
6 years ago

very true

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

As long as it’s based on your judgement

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

Agree … What is this Abu dhabi ? Lol

Helene
Helene
6 years ago

Je suis Charlie
condoleances aux proches des victimes

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago

A journalist at Charlie Hebdo said…“And if some people are not happy with this, they can sue us, and we can defend ourselves. That’s democracy. You don’t throw bombs, you discuss, you debate. But you don’t act violently. We have to stand and resist pressure from extremism.”

Kind of sums it up for those intelligent enough to understand it.

Omar
Omar
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

I blame the journalists for not taking the threats seriously. I agree with you that democracy is the way, but if you are away that there are “violent” people out there who threatened you. Then, you tease them? They kill you 😀

Omar
Omar
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

aware*

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

And you will justify. Inta magnoon yahmar

Omar
Omar
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

I hope god has mercy on their souls. At least now they can draw cartoons in a much safer place 😛

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Omar

I stand by my previous comment. Thanks for proving it correct.

Calpurnia
Calpurnia
6 years ago