Laurent Leger, a Charlie Hebdo staff member who survived the attack that killed several of his co-workers earlier this month, says he is happy President Barack Obama didn’t attend the Paris unity rally that he was criticized for skipping, The Huffington Post reports.
Leger, the satire magazine’s investigations editor, called the Obama administration’s record on press freedom “an absolute scandal,” adding, “It’s very good he didn’t come to the march that day.”
Eight whistleblowers have been prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act during Obama’s term in office – more than double the number of all previous presidents combined.
More than 40 heads of state marched in Paris alongside French President Francois Hollande days after the attack that killed 12 people. Leger said many of those who marched also should have stayed home, and that if the cartoonists who died had been alive they would have lampooned them.
Leger also criticized the British government and media for its stand on press freedom. Great Britain does not allow the press there to report on a secret meeting between former President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in which Bush allegedly advocated bombing the Al Jazeera news network’s headquarters. Read more.