Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau took a swipe at Charlie Hebdo while accepting a lifetime achievement award on Friday.Photo: AP, Getty Image
Pulitzer Prize-winning Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has taken a bitter swipe at Charlie Hebdo, saying the Parisian magazine’s anti-Muslim cartoons “wandered into the realm of hate speech.”
“Free speech . . . becomes its own kind of fanaticism,” Trudeau said, condemning his French colleagues Friday after he accepted a lifetime achievement prize during the George Polk Awards in Journalism at Long Island University.
Twelve died when gunmen attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices in January in retaliation for offensive Mohammed cartoons.
A dozen more deaths resulted in the following weeks during violent protests in Niger, Pakistan and Algiers.
“By attacking a powerless, disenfranchised minority with crude, vulgar drawings closer to graffiti than cartoons, Charlie wandered into the realm of hate speech,” Trudeau said.