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Student Exposes Hypocritical World Leaders At Free Speech March In Paris

At Sunday's Charlie Hebdo demonstration, world leaders united in the name of free speech.

But, many of those politicians and powerful men conveniently buried their own skeletons in the closet for the sake of a good PR opportunity.

A London School of Economics and Political Science student, Daniel Wickham, took to Twitter with a list of hypocritical leaders putting on a show at the “Je Suis Charlie” event.

In the wake of terrorist actions, which left more than 12 dead, Wickham did a little research to discover who was most likely to be a culprit behind silencing journalists.

Reporters Without Borders (RWB), which strives for unbiased journalistic liberty, has been vocal about its contempt for the leaders at the event.

In a statement, RWB secretary general Christophe Deloire said,

We must demonstrate our solidarity with Charlie Hebdo without forgetting all the world's other Charlies.

Wickham's full list is below.

Wickham called each leader out by name.


Jordan's King Abdullah II


Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov


Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra


United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan


Tunisia's Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa


Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov


US Attorney General Eric Holder


Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg


Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta


Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa


Qatar's Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani


Palestine's President Mahmoud Abbas


Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar


Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny


Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz


The UK's Prime Minister David Cameron


Saudi Arabian Ambassador to France Dr. Mohammed bin Ismail Al Al-Sheikh

Citations: These are the biggest hypocrites celebrating free speech today in Paris (Quartz)

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Emily Arata is a Women's Editor raised in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx and previously wrote for First We Feast. She writes about the unlikely ways in which millennials connect with one another.
Emily Arata is a Women's Editor raised in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx and previously wrote for First We Feast. She writes about the unlikely ways in which millennials connect with one another.

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