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dateline: 13 January 2015

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Unity Marches Follow Media Massacre in France

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • solidarity: strength in numbers
  • target: to aim at or choose specifically
  • satirical: makes fun of a person or group; often political
  • terrorism: the use of violence or fear tactics to achieve a goal (often political)
  • hostage: a person held against his own will; a hostage-taker often tries to make demands in exchange for the release of hostages

Unity Marches Follow Media Massacre in France

Around the world, and especially in Paris, millions of people in solidarity following three days of terrorist attacks in France. The attacks left seventeen people dead, several staff members of Charlie Hebdo magazine. The journalists and were targeted due to their involvement in satirical pieces mocking . Three gunmen, including one who took and killed hostages at a supermarket, were eventually killed by police. Two police officers were also killed in the attacks. of world leaders attended the rally in Paris to stand up against terrorism and support the victims.

Comprehension Questions

    1. Where did the terrorist attacks take place?
    2. Why was Charlie Hebdo targeted?
    3. Why does the report mention a supermarket?

Discussion Questions: Why do terrorists often target journalists?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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