Evan Shelkie / Staff reporter
A French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by one of his students near his school on October 16 for showing a cartoon depicting the prophet Muhammad. Images of Muhammad and Allah are forbidden in Islamic tradition and can be extremely offensive to Muslims. An 18-year-old killer Abdullakh Anzorov was shot dead by French police after the attack. Seven other people, including two students had been arrested after the killing.
Fox News went in-depth into different events relating to the same cartoon. The cartoon Paty showed was published by satirical magazine named Charlie Hebdo. This attack is the third in a series of attacks related to this cartoon. In 2015, two gunmen walked into the offices at Charlie Hebdo, killing a dozen people and injuring 15 others.
A more recent attack was carried out two months ago when a man who recently emigrated injured two people outside of the former Charlie Hebdo offices.
The article written by Western Standard talked more about the event, what information the police were releasing at the time, and what the president and the education minister were saying on social media. This article did not talk much about the cartoon or why it was offensive to the attacker. This article could be biased because in the article it says Western Standard reprinted the cartoon in February 2006 and numerous complaints filed against them.
The BBC’s article focuses on seven additional people charged in the days following the attack. Seven people were charged in the following days of the attack including two students and a parent of Paty’s class. Prosecutors said six of the suspects had been charged with complicity in a terrorist murder and put under judicial investigation.
Out of the four news sources I used, the BBC’s article had the most information on the topic and was the least biased. I found that the story by Global News was a bit confusing to follow and understand. In the Fox news story, although it had a lot of information and had information on the backstory of the Charlie Hebdo cartoon and other recent Islamic terror attacks, they could make it seem to the readers that France is a dangerous place full of Islamic terrorists. Western Standards article talked about the cartoon but did not mention why it was offensive to the attacker, [and] they also stated that the western standard previously reprinted the cartoon and could be biased because they had also received complaints.