Yesterday, twelve journalists, employees and guests were murdered when two jihadists of unknown affiliation stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. The shooters remain at large but police say they have identified them as brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi; another suspect has reportedly handed himself in. Among the victims were four revered cartoonists: Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, Georges Wolinsky, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac and Jean “Cabu” Cabut. The magazine’s offices were previously firebombed in November 2011 after they ran a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. Charbonnier has since lived under police protection after receiving death threats. He was quoted in 2012 in an interview with Le Monde saying: “It may be pompous, but I’d rather die standing than live on my knees.”
The international political community and journalists across the globe, including Louisiana Comp Blog, are condemning the attack as a threat to freedom of the press. Access developments on this story from the BBC here.