On 7 January 2015, two Islamic terrorists killed 12 people in an attack on the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo. For cartoonists around the world this atrocity brought home both the dangers and the value of their art. Freedom of expression, no matter how provocative, or even offensive, is something to cherish and defend as essential to a healthy democracy. Reaction to the Charlie Hebdo incident was one of overwhelming revulsion at the murders, and a strengthened commitment to freedom of expression.

Shocked at the slaughter of their French colleagues, Australian cartoonists were swift to respond.