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Financial Times Editor: Newspaper 'Actually Just Being Stupid' in Publishing Muhammad Cartoons

"It is merely to say that some common sense would be useful..."

Charlie Hebdo via the Daily Beast

Financial Times' Europe editor Tony Barber said the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was "actually just being stupid" for publishing mocking cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, hours after masked gunmen tore through its offices and killed 12 people.

"Charlie Hebdo has a long record of mocking, baiting and needling French Muslims. If the magazine stops just short of outright insults, it is nevertheless not the most convincing champion of the principle of freedom of speech. France is the land of Voltaire, but too often editorial foolishness has prevailed at Charlie Hebdo," Barber wrote in an editorial.

While Barber said he was not condoning the violent acts committed in Paris Wednesday morning, he distinguished the controversial cartoons Charlie Hebdo has published from just practicing free speech.

"It is merely to say that some common sense would be useful at publications such as Charlie Hebdo, and Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten, which purport to strike a blow for freedom when they provoke Muslims, but are actually just being stupid," he wrote.

Image source: Financial Times

Here is a roundup of some of the cartoons Charlie Hebdo has published, depicting Muhammad and a range of other topics:

Charlie Hebdo via the Daily Beast

Charlie Hebdo via the Daily Beast

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