March 19, 2018

Libraries After Charlie Hebdo : The Threat of Violence, the Fear of Self-Censorship

On January 7, two masked gunmen forced their way into the Paris offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and wounding 11 others. The perpetrators, who identified themselves as belonging to Al-Qaeda’s faction in Yemen, led police on a manhunt across Paris, and were found and killed two days later. The tragic chain of events shocked and horrified the world, but also served as a cogent reminder that many of the materials safeguarded by librarians and archivists represent ideas that hold powerful meaning for people, and can even move them to violence.