Amid Speech Crackdown, French Comedian Found Guilty for Facebook Post

The controversial french comedian Dieudonné on Tuesday was found guilty of “condoning terrorism” in a satirical post made to his Facebook page, which authorities said expressed sympathy for terrorists associated with the January 7 attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.

The Paris court sentenced Dieudonné M’bala M’bala to a suspended sentence of two months in jail.

Dieudonné was one of dozens arrested in the wake of the attack as part of a swift crackdown by the French government on “hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism.”


The infamous comedian was taken into custody for writing: “Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly”—merging the ‘free speech’ rallying cry “Je suis Charlie and Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who killed four hostages at a kosher market in a related attack.

AFP reports that during the trial the prosecutor charged Dieudonné with presenting “in a favorable light the acts committed by Amedy Coulibaly.” However, Dieudonné argued that he “condemned the attacks without any restraint and without any ambiguity.”

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