Hebdo in the headlines and beyond

Jan 12, 2015

"ICYMI this clip is why #foxnewsfacts is trending," helpfully tweets BBC's Felicity Morse, after a Fox News "terror expert" claimed everyone in Birmingham is a Muslim and that secret Muslim police beat anyone who doesn't wear Islamic religious garb (13,000+ shares). Actually, the YouTube video itself got 45,500+ shares. "Just like to say that this expert saying my home city of Birmingham a no go zone for non Muslims is talking nonsense," Morse adds. "This bizarre attack is creating quite a stir on Twitter ... And the good people of Birmingham respond with #FoxNewsFacts," the BBC Midlands Today account tweets. It's true, the tweets attached to that hashtag are rife with merriment. "Friends don't let friends watch cable news," advises Josh Smith with Stars and Stripes.

The expert tried to apologize, but the poor chap couldn't even get that right. Frighteningly enough, this man regularly gives evidence to US Congress. "Oh good," responds BBC World's Julia Macfarlane. Simultaneously, some hero by the handle of aceofspades25 appears to be scouring Birmingham via Google Maps to find screenshots of non-Muslim Brummies happily going about their lives.

France's government says the weekend's Paris unity march was the largest demonstration in French history (1,200+ shares). The Daily News blasted Obama's administration for not attending, and they're not the only ones--like Jake Tapper with CNNfor example. In contrast, Haaretz is reporting that French president Francois Hollande asked Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to attend the Parisian march at all this past weekend (11,600+ shares). "World leaders are all basically in Grade 5," concludes Global NewsAnna Mehler Paperny. At the same time, Reporters Without Borders condemned the presence of “predators” in the Paris march, i.e., leaders who blatantly work against press freedom yet somehow saw fit to show up to a march in support of it. "Among those rallying in defense of free press are officials from UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Russia, Georgia, NATO," points out The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald with more than a hint of irony. One British student saw fit to tweet each of these leaders' sins against the press. 

Here's one country with little freedom of expression that isn't even going to pretend otherwise: China's state news agency Xinhua says that the Charlie Hebdo attack shows a need for press limits (1,200+ shares). "Hasn't stopped terror attacks in China," notes Wall Street Journal's Gregor Stuart Hunter from Hong Kong. All the while, China's most fiercely anti-communist tycoon prepares to battle it out in court.

Meanwhile, France prepares to deploy thousands of forces to protect Jewish schools (2,600+ shares).

Lastly, a French leftist who has read Charlie Hebdo for years penned a letter to his British friends who have only just discovered it (13,000+ shares), while Jim Yardley peered deep into the jihadism born in a Paris park and fueled in the prison yard (1,400+ shares). "France's latest horrors aren't from the banlieues, but from the highrises of the 19th Arrondisement (and from prison)," Doug Saunders with Globe and Mail spells it out.

And while all this is going on, nine days later, bodies still litter bushes from Boko Haram's "deadliest massacre." 

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