“No barbarous act will ever extinguish freedom of the press,” said Hollande. But it was an empty bluff. The free press is today busy extinguishing itself.
“Charlie Hebdo attack: 12 dead in Paris, manhunt on,” by Greg Botelho, CNN, January 7, 2015:
…• The gunmen said “Allahu akbar” and that they were avenging the Prophet Mohammed, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters.
• Molins said at least two gunmen exited a vehicle and carried out the attack. Earlier, France’s interior minister said three people were involved.
• In addition to the dead, 11 people were wounded, including four in “serious condition,” the prosecutor said.
• Video shows a gunman approaching his getaway car raise his finger in the air in what appears to be a signal, possibly to another vehicle or other people who might have played a role in the attack, a Western intelligence source briefed on the French investigation told CNN.
• Charlie Hebdo editor and cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier, known as “Charb,” is among the dead in the attack, a police spokesman in the district where the office is located told CNN. At least three other well-known cartoonists — known by the pen names Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous — were also killed….
A video taken by a journalist for the Premieres Lignes agency shows the gunmen shouting “God is great!” as they began the attack, Le Monde reported. They also cried, “We have avenged the Prophet!”…
The latest attack spurred Hollande, the French President, to vow that “no barbarous act will ever extinguish freedom of the press.”