The Singapore government has issued a statement condemning the attacks on the cartoonists in France.
French magazine Charlie Hebdo suffered great loss this week, after gunmen broke in and opened fire on cartoonists in their Paris office killing 12 people and injuring others. The weekly magazine had come under attack for their satirical portrayals of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad.
Charlie Hebdo had come under fire from a few peers such as the Financial Times labeling the magazine’s editorial as foolish and provoking Muslims around the world with their portrayal of the Prophet in their cartoons. Others have spoken up for Charlie Hebdo supporting the right for press freedom and the liberty of press. Many other editorials were outraged by the attack and have banded together along with members of the public with the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie which means “We are all Charlie”.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean expressed his condolences for the victims and family of those who suffered losses in the attack. DPM Teo also stated that it is furthermore important that Singaporeans treasure and strengthen the ties which bond our communities stating that no country is immune to such threats.
The attacks may have been provoked by Charlie Hebdo. Their cartoons although satirical may have crossed the line in branding all teachings of Prophet Mohammad as radical, but the attacks have not lent any doubt to the cartoons of Charlie Hebdo.