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‘Silence Is the End of Freedom’: CBS’ Pelley Gives Strong Defense of Charlie Hebdo

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley ended tonight’s newscast with a strong defense of Charlie Hebdo from people who would say they acted “irresponsibly.” Pelley brought up the hypothetical question of “Couldn’t all of this have been avoided if Charlie Hebdo had been more sensible?”

And while he acknowledged that many freedoms are limited, Pelley made it clear he believes that “freedom to publish and freedom to speak [are] absolute.” And that is “because there is no democracy without journalism.”

“The strength of a nation depends on the quality of its information,” Pelley said. “Charlie Hebdo stakes out extremes and so helped define a broad space for every choice.”

He brought up the deaths of dozens of journalists last year, including James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and concluded, “The enemy knows our vulnerability. Silence is the end of freedom.”

Watch the commentary below, via CBS News:

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