A moment of silence

08Jan15

Millions of words have already been penned about yesterday’s massacre in Paris. But as my friend Des’ artful recording demonstrates, sometimes silence is the most poignant tribute of all.

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE a day makes!

Shortly before 11.00 this morning I arrived in Place Jean-Paul II, the open space in front of the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, to find that it was home to a selection of the world’s media. Radio and TV broadcasters were busy establishing satellite links with their studios and preparing to broadcast ‘live’ to their audiences around the world.

Notre Dame - Charlie Hebdo

Yet twenty-four hours earlier the media would have been hard pressed to find a story here – any story – let alone a story worth reporting. But then, in what seemed like the blink of an eye, everything changed.

Notre Dame - Charlie Hebdo

Shortly before 11.30 yesterday morning, 7th January, two masked gunmen armed with Kalashnikov rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher stormed the headquarters of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in rue Nicolas Appert in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. They shot and killed twelve…

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7 Responses to “A moment of silence”

  1. Thanks for the reblog post. Nice to hear a first hand account from someone who was present. Take care.

    • 2 hmunro

      Isn’t Des’ account wonderful? Whenever I wonder what’s *really* going on in Paris, I turn to his blog. His reporting is up there with that of some of my favorite pro journalists.
      And you take care too, Michael …

  2. Thank you.

  3. 4 Dee

    Thanks for reblogging it was an interesting read and the bell sounds were very nice.

  4. 5 marianowrites

    Great reblog! That’s a very interesting prospective to take on the situation.


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