Reading satire as New Yorkers enjoy the sunshine at Washington Square Park with the Freedom Tower rising tall. Image credit: Michelle Zapata
Reading satire as New Yorkers enjoy the sunshine at Washington Square Park with the Freedom Tower rising tall. Image credit: Michelle Zapata

Eight months after the brutal murders of 11 Charlie Hebdo staffers, a U.S.-France team has collaborated to further the conversation about free speech and the global persecution of writers, journalists and cartoonists.

Creativity Is Risky: Free Speech in a Charlie Hebdo World” is a multimedia e-magazine featuring original reporting, personal essays, an interactive map on press freedoms, videos and music. It tells a story both sad and hopeful about the state of free speech around the world.

This magazine is designed to educate and engage people around the world on issues related to free speech—from violent threats to the more subtle, everyday challenges.

Creativity Is Risky: Free Speech in a Charlie Hebdo World” evolved from a seven-part music-inspired blog series that I wrote to honor Charlie Hebdo and the people around the world who rallied behind it. The e-magazine includes:

  • A book review and images from Catharsis, by Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz, who used cartoons and words to share his trauma and grief after the attacks
  • An analysis of Charlie Hebdo’s mission from Emmanuel Letouzé (Manu), the New York-based French cartoonist and development economist
  • Unique insight tying the historical use of satire to the case of Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari, who was jailed in Iran and is the subject of Jon Stewart’s movie Rosewater, by French professor Renée Kingcaid
  • An epilogue on the constant, everyday threats to free speech by Chicago investigative journalist Jim Ylisela

Readers of this interactive magazine can also click to watch PEN American Center’s videotaped conversation between The Daily Show’s Jason Jones and Maziar Bahari, engage with a Freedom House map on global press freedoms, and listen to tracks by singer-songwriter Chaz Langley that call for an end to violence and comfort its victims.

My “Creativity Is Risky” team and I invite readers to engage by sharing its content and their opinions using the hashtags #creativityisrisky and #freespeech.

Our team is passionate about this issue, and we want to hear from readers. Where do you see free speech being celebrated or curtailed? Help us create a #freespeech movement.

Thank you for reading, comment and sharing!