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Cartoonists Condemn Attack On Free Expression


Islamic extremists attacked the Paris-based office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo Wednesday, killing 12 people. The murders are being viewed around the world as an attack on freedom of expression, as they were apparently in response to the newspaper publishing antagonizing cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. Editorial cartoonists Jack Ohman and Nick Anderson are no strangers to angry responses. Ohman received death threats following a cartoon in early 2013 about a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. And Anderson receives a steady stream of hate mail.

The two cartoonists join us today to talk about freedom of expression and what happens when it’s attacked.


  • Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee Political Cartoonist
  • Nick Anderson, Houston Chronicle editorial cartoonist often seen in the Sacramento Bee’s editorial pages.


A former editor of Charlie Hebdo reacts to the attack:

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