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Charlie Hebdo 'Wandered Into The Realm Of Hate Speech,' Says Doonesbury Cartoonist Garry Trudeau

FILE - In this April 5, 2008 file photo, Gary B. Trudeau, cartoonist and creator of "Doonesbury," speaks in New Haven, Conn.
FILE - In this April 5, 2008 file photo, Gary B. Trudeau, cartoonist and creator of "Doonesbury," speaks in New Haven, Conn. Universal Press Syndicate will offer replacement Doonesbury comic strips next week to newspapers that don't want to run a series focusing on a Texas law that requires women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion, officials said Friday, March 9. 2012. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

Famed Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau slammed his counterparts at Charlie Hebdo -- the French satirical newspaper that was attacked by terrorists in January -- at the George Polk journalism awards on Friday, saying their work “wandered into the realm of hate speech.” The attack on the publication, which has mocked Islam and other faiths in its pages, ignited a fierce international debate over free speech and racism.

“Free speech … becomes its own kind of fanaticism,” Trudeau said as he accepted a lifetime achievement award from the organization, adding that cartoonists' role is to “punch up” rather than down.

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