A Russian lawmaker has slammed Charlie Hebdo cartoonists who, according to him, have nothing to do with journalism.
"The shallow souls from Charlie Hebdo persist in showing they have nothing in common either with journalism or with the freedom of speech or with human morality," tweeted Konstantin Dolgov, Russia’s special envoy for human rights.
Нищие духом из Шарли Эбдо упрямо показывают,что не имеют ничего общего ни с журналистикой,ни со свободой слова,ни с общечеловеч. моралью.
— Konstantin Dolgov (@KKdolgov) November 12, 2015
Charlie Hebdo published a cartoon Thursday on the crash of the Russian jet A321 that had killed 224 people. Russia took offence at the cartoon and called it “sacrilege.”
— Deccan Chronicle (@DeccanChronicle) November 6, 2015
Dolgov is not the only Russian diplomat to criticize the French satirical magazine which had been under multiple terror attacks, in 2011 and 2015. Irina Yarovaya, the chairperson of the State Duma anti-corruption committee, thinks what the magazine does is similar to terrorism.
"This new form of aggression shown by Charlie Hebdo is informational terrorism that has the same elements of sadism and aims at destroying social well-being and stability, thus pursuing political goals," Russian News Agency TASS quoted her as telling reporters Thursday. "Technologies of destruction through information are used on a systemic basis in today's world."
According to Yarovaya, it is “informational terrorism in disguise.” “Charlie Hebdo's line of conduct exposes something bigger than perverted morality or lust for profits at any price,” she said.
The Russian diplomat said Charlie Hebdo was acting as an accomplice of Islamic State militants. Since most terrorist organizations are banned, she believes “informational terrorists” such as Charlie Hebdo act as their accomplices.
Charlie Hebdo grabbed attention worldwide after its headquarters in Paris had been attacked in January. The terror attack killed 12 employees of the French weekly magazine. The magazine caused controversy after publishing Prophet Mohammad cartoons, which allegedly motivated the January attack.