2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

Je Suis/Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie: France and Freedom of Expression
Emily Wichmer
Prof. Gregg Siewert, Faculty Mentor

More than a year after the Jan. 7, 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo, free speech and expression are widely debated issues in France. Currently, France is ranked 38 out of 180 countries on free speech issues on the World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders. Religion in satirical speech is a hot button issue, especially following the Charlie massacre. This paper analyzes whether the current speech laws in France allow citizens, and particularly journalists, to comment freely on topics such as religion without fear of legal repercussions. This involves delving into the history of "le droit d'expression," from the time of the French Revolution to the present day, with an emphasis on current issues. Other studied elements include a discussion of current laws from the United Nations and French National Government.

Keywords: France, Free Speech, Journalism, Charlie Hebdo, Press Freedom, Expression, French Government

French Capstone

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -1
Location: VH 1212
Time: 9:30

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