“What I regret is seeing how little people fight to defend freedom.”

In court, a lawyer asks the publisher of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo if he regrets printing cartoons about the prophet Mohammed. His response is a declaration on freedom.

“I don’t want to be dependent on the insane arbitrariness of fanatics. There is nothing to regret.”

He goes on.

“What I regret is to see how little people fight to defend freedom. If we don’t fight for our freedom, we live like a slave and we promote a deadly ideology.”

Freedom is “not something that drops from the sky. We grew up without imagining that one day our freedoms would be put into question.”

Islamic terrorists targeted the office in Paris, murdering ten people including Jean Cabut, known as Cabu, 76, Georges Wolinski, 80, and Stephane ‘Charb’ Charbonnier, 47, who were among France’s most celebrated cartoonists.

The publisher, Laurent Sourisseau, known as Riss, was himself badly wounded in the attack.

He was speaking at the trial of 14 suspected accomplices to the 2015 attacks. The terrorists also attacked a Jewish supermarket, killing a total of 17.

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