Western media is a bunch of wusses, he basically said.
Gerard Briard, new editor-in-chief of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, appeared on MSNBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning with a stinging defense of free speech — and an indictment of those who don't go all the way.
"We cannot blame newspapers that already suffer much difficulty in getting published and distributed in totalitarian regimes for not publishing a cartoon that could get them at best jail, at worst death,” he said, responding to host Chuck Todd's question about news outlets deciding to blur the cartoon image of the Prophet Muhammad that graces Charlie Hebdo's cover.
But Briard wasn't finished, adding:
On the other hand, I’m quite critical of newspapers published in democratic countries. This cartoon…is a symbol of freedom of religion, democracy, and secularism. It is this symbol that these newspapers refuse to publish.
When they refuse to publish this cartoon, when they blur it out, when they decline to publish it, they blur out democracy, secularism, freedom of religion, and they insult the citizenship.
Watch the clip below:
Briard also had words for Pope Francis, claiming that Charlie Hebdo's sacrilegious cartoons actually work to defend religious freedom.
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