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Paris attack rekindles debate over freedom of expression

US officials' united show of support for slain journalists hides bipartisan ambivalence over Western governments' role in standing up for unpopular speech.
People holds placards which read "I am Charlie" during a minute of silence in Strasbourg January 8, 2015 for victims of the shooting at the Paris offices of weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday. French police extended a manhunt on Thursday for two brothers suspected of killing 12 people at a satirical magazine in Paris in a presumed Islamist militant strike that national leaders and allied states described as an assault on democracy. France began a day of mourning for the journalists and po
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Unacceptable.” “Offensive.” “Disgusting.”

Those are some of the words US officials of both parties have used in the past to describe Charlie Hebdo and others that have taken aim at Muslims and their prophet over the past decade.

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