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Civic Chamber urges the Council of Europe Commissioner to condemn Charlie Hebdo A321 cartoons

Elena Sutormina called the publication regarding victims of the tragedy "ultra obscenity"

Civic Chamber urges the Council of Europe Commissioner to condemn Charlie Hebdo A321 cartoons

The RF Civic Chamber is by publications of the renown Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine that posted cartoons related to the collapse of the Russian passenger aircraft in Egypt.

"This is ultra obscenity, utter ignorance of any ethic norms. The Commission will address the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and international non-governmental organization "Reporters Without Borders" insisting to ensure widespread condemnation of these publications and implementation of legally permissible sanctions against Charlie Hebdo publication“, Elena Sutormina, Chairwoman of the Commission on Development of Public Diplomacy and Support of Russian Compatriots Abroad, said.

According to her, these publications are a blasphemy, because "there are ethical norms as well as human ones, and you cannot to get publicity for yourself around death and tragedy", - she explained.

The CCRF Commission believes that there are no principles of freedom of expression that could justify a cynical abuse of the memory of the victims and the feelings of their loved ones.

"We regard these publications of Charlie Hebdo as outright barbarism and  “dancing on the ashes” of unfortunate victims of the collapse of the airliner. We are assured that there are no principles of freedom of expression that could justify a cynical abuse of the memory of the victims and the feelings of their loved ones,” the Commission statement goes. “These cartoons insult the whole Russian society."

The biggest disaster in the history of Russian and Soviet aviation took place on October 31, as Airbus A321 airliner of Kogalymavia airlines, which was flying from Sharm el Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed in the Sinai peninsula. There were 217 passengers and seven crew members on board. They all died.

Earlier, the famous French satirical magazine posted two cartoons related to the collapse of the Russian aircraft A321 in the Sinai peninsula.

That’s not the first joke of the magazine about an airplane crash victims. For instance, back in summer following the discovery of the first fragments of the missing Malaysian airline in the Indian Ocean, Charlie Hebdo artists published a cartoon depicting the body parts of flight attendants and pilots of the missing Boeing aircraft.

In September, the magazine staff fell under criticism again. Many felt that the caricature of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy went beyond the bounds of morality.

In January, following publication of cartoons about the Prophet Mohammed, an armed attack on the Charlie Hebdo editor broke out in France. Two intruders broke into the office and opened fire. 12 people were killed, including two policemen, as the attackers managed to escape. Subsequently, they were shot dead during their detainment.

RF Civic Chamber Media–Office

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