Media Alert: Charlie Hebdo, The Pen Mightier Than the Sword.

As news has comprehensively covered, the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, France recently published a satirical cartoon of the prophet Muhammad. The cartoon depicts the prophet, saying “100 lashes of the whip if you don’t die laughing” and was highly offensive to many.

These offended feelings led to the heinous actions that left 12 dead, reportedly to avenge the prophet.

An uproar has since ensued over the matters of freedom of speech, whether offensive or not, and the conversation of tolerance freedom of speech must be met with.

Since the attack in Paris, multiple satire cartoonists have responded with their own cartoons, mourning a gross attack on said freedom of speech.

Ruben L. Oppenheimer

Ruben L. Oppenheimer

Satish Acharya

Satish Acharya

MacLeod Cartoons

MacLeod Cartoons

As a media literacy group, the happenings at Charlie Hebdo are extremely important for us to talk about. It reminds us of the power of journalism and the great responsibility that comes with, sometimes deadly.

As many media outlets have reported, the old adage is true, the pen is mightier than the sword, but at what cost? There are indeed limitations to our freedom of speech, but the consequences for crossing the line this cartoon crossed, should be decided by the law, not acts of terrorism.

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We’re Partnering with GU’s Department of Women and Gender Studies for a Screening of “Wonder Women”!

Don’t miss this opportunity to view and discuss this amazing documentary film, exploring the concept of super women, from the creation of the superhero in 1940 to what we consider super heroes today.

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The film will be shown at Jepson 017 on Gonzaga’s campus from 7 to 9 PM, Wednesday, November 5th.

Media Alert: Democracy suffers when broadcast stations own many outlets in one market

Media consolidation reduces the number of voices and views available in towns and cities across the county. The FCC has rules about this but, “companies like Gannett, Nextar, Raycom, Sinclair and Tribune have set up shell corporations that they then sell some stations to –while maintaining control of much of the content and revenue” according to this Seattle Times editorial. To read more about this issue and how to act, click