Good to see so many people across Europe turn out to show their solidarity with the journalists at Charlie Hebdo. Shame to see attacks against Muslims in France as a result ... two wrongs, but then who can reason with fundamentalism? And while I defend the right of the media to free speech, we do need to look at the question of the responsibility that comes with freedom. Here are five examples of irresponsible reporting on the event (from the UK Independent newspaper): 1: Britain First (far right nationalist movement in the UK) In a move Hope Not Hate called "sickeningly vulgar", Britain First used the opportunity to push its merchandise by including a link to its online shop, the “Patriot Store”, in a post about the shootings on its Facebook page. 2: USA Today For some unfathomable reason, USA Today gave hate preacher Anjem Choudhary a platform to discuss the killings. In an op-ed for the paper Choudhary said the 'punishment' for those who insult the Prophet Mohamed is death. 3: Fox News The channel had the same, semi-Pavlovian response it has to all tragedies: it used the massacre as an excuse to call for more guns. The channel’s Eric Bolling called for the police to "militarise", adding: "It’s not a police state, it’s a safe state." (Does he know Europe's cops are armed?) "There’s been a very serious push from the left saying ‘let’s not over-militarise our cops.’ That [the Paris massacre] should put an end to that discussion. We should over-militarise." 4: Fox News (again) In the wake of the massacre, Fox’s Gretchen Carlson knew who was really at fault: Barack Obama. She criticised the US administration for not called the attack 'terrorism' quickly enough, ignoring the fact that Obama had released a statement calling the killings a 'terrorist attack' on the day of the shooting. 5: Nigel Farage (UK Independence Party) The UKip leader used the attack as an opportunity to oppose immigration. Speaking on radio he blamed a 'fifth column' in our society for the killings, saying: "I don’t think anyone can pretend there is a quick fix to this. We have I’m afraid, and mercifully it’s small, but we do have a 'Fifth Column' within our countries. On a cultural level, what price anybody who is a stand-up comic, a cartoonist, a newspaper columnist, who wants to say something critical about Islam at all.' +++ My thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased. This is neither the time nor the issue for promoting one's own agendas.