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Delfi - Lithuania | 18/09/2015

Exodus to Europe: Okay for Charlie Hebdo to draw Aylan

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has once again triggered a debate about how far satire should go by publishing a cartoon featuring the drowned refugee boy Aylan in its latest issue. Web portal Delfi defends the publication: "It's brutal. Even scandalous. But isn't that the way satire should be? It doesn't target the drowning or drowned child - the cartoonists themselves have children and no mentally stable person would make fun of such suffering. It targets the reactions in the refugee crisis and the European state machinery which fails to recognise the dangers in time. One can only lament that so many critics and readers are so superficial in their way of thinking. … Anyone who is familiar with satire and current political affairs knows: this is sarcasm and suffering over the contradictions in today's world - between the rich and the destroyed countries. Satire is and will always be a weapon of humanity."

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