“I wrote a piece more than 3 years ago as a 21 year old undergraduate student. The headline is false and overblown, and I regret it: the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were victims then and were, horrifically, victims yesterday. I strongly believe in freedom of expression, which includes the freedom to offend.
The article was clumsily trying to say what many journalists have since reported, that the magazine was a provocative one, with satire that aimed to provoke, but that has no bearing on yesterday’s horrific, indefensible attacks.”
— Siraj Datoo (@dats) January 8, 2015
Here are 6 reasons why Buzzfeed’s UK political reporter Siraj Datoo might have thought twice before sending the above “#JeSuisCharlie” tweet today. Writing in Muslim News when Charlie Hebdo was previously firebombed in response to its publication of a cartoon of Muhammed, Datoo wrote under the headline “Don’t let Charlie Hebdo be seen as a victim”:
Hardly in keeping with Buzzfeed’s professed editorial values:
We tried to get hold of Siraj Datoo, he was not available for comment…
NB. For context, here is the original article.
UPDATE: Nigel Farage weighs in:
It is very disappointing to read about journalists objecting to the freedom of expression: http://t.co/mXA1gzuscB
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) January 8, 2015