How Controversial Cartoons Become a Reason for Killing

Jan 9, 2015

Twelve people, including four cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, were shot dead Wednesday in an apparent militant Islamist attack.

University of Iowa journalism professor Lyombe Eko has studied the controversial cartoons that were the impetus for the attack. 

"Charlie Hebdo has a tradition. It's a very irreverent, anti-establishment, leftist, very militantly anti-Catholic. People say that Charlie Hebdo was again anti-Islam, Charlie Hebdo was against everybody, against all religions, was against all people in authority."

In this River to River interview, host Ben Kieffer talks with Eko about  the circumstances that led up to Wednesday's attack.Frederique Boudouani, an Algerian-American Muslim who owns Abu Nawas Beverage in Elkader, also joins the conversation.