Drawing the News: Wo Shi Chali (Je Suis Charlie)

Chinese cartoonists and netizens have responded quickly to the slaying of cartoonists and editors at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Masked gunmen entered the offices of the journal and fired automatic weapons at staff in an editorial meeting, killing at least 12 people, including editor-in-chief Stéphane Charbonnier (pen name Charb) and cartoonists Bernard Verlhac (Tignous), Georges Wolinski, and Jean Cabut (Cabu).

The number one topic on Weibo for the past 24 hours is “French Magazine Attacked” (#法国杂志社遇袭#). Cartoonists in China have responded on Weibo as well. It is a rare moment for humorists who contend daily with censors. On Twitter, Chinese artists living abroad have also shown their support for Charlie Hebdo and freedom of speech. Some artists play on works of literature and art from ’s July Revolution of 1830, while others incorporate caricatures of terrorists. (None of the three suspects have any confirmed ties to terrorist organizations, and at least two are French nationals.)

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