12 dead in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, Paris satirical newspaper

Jan 7, 2015

On Tuesday, January 7, French authorities confirmed three gunman shot and killed 12 people in Paris at the offices of the weekly satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo. The paper has run cartoons and other content satirizing radical Islam, and the Prophet Mohammed. In 2011, the paper was firebombed. 

French President Francois Holland called the shootings a "terrorist attack of the most extreme barbarity" and video shows armed gunman running through the streets of Paris. As of the shows' recording, the suspects remain at large. 

Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry and Mike McKean are joined by Bob Priddy and discuss the issue on KBIA-FM's media criticism program, "Views of the News." For more, follow Views of the News on  Facebook  and  Twitter.

2014 saw the spread of the so-called Islamic State coupled with a rise in the number of attacks on journalists in Syria and Iraq. 2015 began with an attack in the heart of a European capital causing death of 10 journalists and two police officers. McKean asked Priddy if these attacks have a chilling effect on journalism.  

"This is sometimes a very dangerous profession we are in, this business of journalism. There are always going to be people who don't want you to say something, or don't want you to express an opinion."

Priddy said while these extreme cases draw our attention, even in local news there are those who seek to control the message, and the messenger. 

Perry and McKean said this attack in Paris will likely influence domestic politics across Europe as anti-European Union right-wing parties continue to gain support.