Charlie Hebdo Editor: When Our Cover Is Blurred, "You Blur Our Democracy, Secularism And Freedom"


CHUCK TODD: I'm just curious of your reaction. Many news organizations, including our own, have not shown your cover completely. Either blurred out. And it's a decisions we made editorially. No government told us to do anything. But it was a decision we made. And every news organization is making their own decision. What is your reaction to our decision and others who have chosen not to show your cover?

GERARD BIARD: Listen, we cannot blame newspapers that already suffer much difficulty in getting published and distributed in totalitarian regimes for not publishing a cartoon which could cost them, at best jail, and at worst death. On the other hand, I am quite critical of newspapers which are published in democratic countries.

This cartoon is not just a little figure, a little Mohammed drawn by Luz. It's a symbol. It’s the symbol of freedom of speech, of freedom of [conscience], of democracy, and secularism. It is this symbol that these newspapers refuse to publish, this is what they must understand. 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 [conscience], and they insult the citizenship.

CHUCK TODD: Do you feel like you're a part of this war right now, this war that's taking place in the Western world between some radical Islamists? Do you feel like you've been drawn into this war?

GERARD BIARD: We do not kill anyone. We should stop conflating the murderers and the victims. We must stop declaring that those who write and draw are “provocateurs,” that they are throwing gas on the fire. We must not place thinkers and artists in the same category as murderers. We are not warriors. We only defend one thing: Freedom, our freedom, secularism, freedom of conscience and democracy.

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