Cartoonists around the world have reacted swiftly to a terrorist attack in Paris that must have hit awfully close to home for them.

Masked gunmen entered the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last night and opened fire on the staff. Twelve people — including 10 magazine staffers and two police officers — have been confirmed dead.

Charlie Hebdo is a left-wing publication notorious for controversial illustrations mocking religion and depicting the prophet Mohammad, which is forbidden by some strains of Islam.

As you’d expect, the tragedy has elicited a strong reaction from cartoonists around the globe.

“Oh no… not them…”

“Ducks will always fly higher than guns.” (In French, ‘ducks’ is a slang term for newspaper.)


“I am Charlie.”

“Unstoppable Charlie Hebdo.”

“My heart is with Charlie Hebdo.”


“The world has become so serious that humour is a risky profession.”


“Grab your weapons mates.”

“No freedom without freedom of press.”

“Died for the freedom of expression.”




The gunmen and their driver are still at large. Police have identified the gunmen, all of whom are French nationals, as brothers Said and Chérif Kouachi and Hamyd Mourad.

[Via Buzzfeed and]