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The News Minute | January 10, 2014 | 3.07 pm IST  In the days since the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked and resulted in the deaths of 12 people, thousands of people worldwide said “Je Suis Charlie” in solidarity with the victims.  In India too, there has been much debate on the attacks and its implications of freedom of speech and expression in general and for journalists in particular. Many Indians too, including journalists also said I am Charlie on their social media accounts. Read: Right to Offend: Global media divided on Charlie Hebdo cartoons A Kannada daily however, has become a part of another Twitter trend that originated out of the Charlie Hebdo killings.  One of the two police personnel to be killed in the attack on January 7 was Ahmed Merabet. Merabet was killed by the assailants as he and a female colleague tried to stop them from fleeing. The Guardian has a detailed report on the circumstances of his death. While the world decided to honour Charlie, many others wanted to honour Merabet’s death as well, to underscore the fact that a Muslim man too had died as a result of attacks carried out by people who declared that they were protecting Islam from those who insulted it.  In case you are confused... #JeSuisAhmed — HibHop (@misshibhop) January 9, 2015 The essence of their argument was to attempt to distinguish between groups who carried out violence in the name of Islam and ordinary Muslims who are made to feel responsible for the actions of the former. Here is what one cartoonist drew for Canberra Times: #JeSuisCharlie #JeSuisAhmed
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