How the pen, not the keyboard, best expressed our outrage at the Charlie Hebdo massacre

Some of us thought the era of the newspaper cartoonist was all but over when the appalling murders in Paris on Wednesday reminded us that this form of journalism still has immense relevance.

There were plenty of powerful photographs from the massacre at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

But when it came to articulating civilisation’s shock, fury and defiance, it was the cartoonists who rose best to the challenge.

How apt that outrage about an attack on a publication specialising in satirical drawings should be most vividly articulated by the pen, rather than the keyboard.

Here are the six cartoons I admire most:

 

About John Wilson

Editor of Hereford Times, Ludlow Advertiser, Stroud News and Journal, Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard and Gloucestershire Gazette series. Journalist for more than 30 years.
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