Media, Culture and Human Rights

Towards an intercultural communication and human rights journalism nexus

Authored by: Ibrahim Seaga Shaw

The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138665545
eBook ISBN: 9781315619835
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In the space of three months – between December 2014 and February 14 2015 – three shocking incidents, which quickly turned out to be terrorist attacks, unfolded on the heels of each other. The first happened on Monday December 15 2014 just after the morning rush when a gunman, Man Harun Monis, took 16 hostages in a downtown Sydney Café Lindt, and by the time the siege ended following a protracted standoff with armed police, three people, including the gun man, had been shot dead. The second came on January 7 2015 when two masked gunmen stormed the main Paris offices of satirical French newsmagazine Charlie Hebdo and shot dead 12 people, including 8 journalists, among them the magazine’s editor, whose life had earlier been threatened for reproducing the Danish cartoons that ridiculed Prophet Mohamed. The two killers, and a third gunman who took five hostages in a Parisian supermarket, were also shot dead following protracted standoff with armed police bringing the total number of dead to 15. The final incident came on 14 February when unknown armed men opened fire on a Copenhagen café then hosting a debate on Islam, blasphemy and free speech killing one man and injuring two other people but apparently missed their target, controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks who had also received death threats for portraying Prophet Mohammed in a negative light.

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