Charlie Hebdo: a tribute

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Charlie Hebdo: a tribute

Political Cartoonist Dave Brown has paid tribute to those killed in the attacks on the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

12 people were killed yesterday when three men attacked the offices of the satirical magazine in Paris.

Brown, a cartoonist since the 1980s, said the magazine’s editorial staff’s commitment to satire was “very brave”.

The cartoonist, who works for The Independent newspaper, said that political cartoons “hold politicians and the great and good to account”.

He said: “Most people have very little power to affect what these people do, but ridiculing them is one thing you can do where you take back a little bit of power.”

“There is no ‘right not to be offended’, it’s what cartoonists do.

“We’re dealing with ideas; religions are ideas, political philosophies are ideas, it’s a cartoonist’s job to challenge these things and offend where necessary.

“I think that Charlie Hebdo carried on doing that was very important.”

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