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Title:The 'Charlie Hebdo' affair in Senegal
Author:Gifford, PaulISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Volume:49
Issue:3
Pages:479-492
Language:English
Geographic terms:Senegal
France
Subjects:journalists
homicide
Islam
freedom of speech
protest
mass media
Link:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2015.1116102
Abstract:The 'Charlie Hebdo' affair caused major repercussions in Senegal, not least because President Macky Sall took part in the 'march in support of republican values' in Paris on Sunday 11 January 2015. Sall came in for fierce criticism for sympathising with the enemies of Islam. This article analyses the different attitudes expressed in the public demonstrations over the ensuing weeks, as well as in the accompanying media debate. Reactions were not unconnected with a profound ambivalence towards France, manifested in another public debate around the Fifteenth Assembly of the 'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie' (OIF) held in Dakar just weeks before. They were also affected by local politics, with the opposition seizing the opportunity to discomfit Sall. Also everywhere in play were local Islamic dynamics, particularly Sall's on-going difficulties with Senegal's principal religious families and resistance to his efforts to modernise traditional koranic schools ('daaras'). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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