08/01/2015 2:27 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

11 Of The World's Top Cartoonists Draw Amazing Cartoons To Protest Paris Killings

People hold pens in Marseille, southern France, on January 7, 2015, as they take part in  a gathering following an attack by unknown gunmen on the offices in Paris of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Heavily armed gunmen massacred 12 people on January 7 after bursting into the Paris offices of a satirical weekly that had long outraged Muslims with controversial cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. The late-morning attack on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in a quiet neighbourhood was the bloodiest in France for at least four decades.   AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT        (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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People hold pens in Marseille, southern France, on January 7, 2015, as they take part in a gathering following an attack by unknown gunmen on the offices in Paris of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Heavily armed gunmen massacred 12 people on January 7 after bursting into the Paris offices of a satirical weekly that had long outraged Muslims with controversial cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. The late-morning attack on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in a quiet neighbourhood was the bloodiest in France for at least four decades. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Angry, emotional and completely heartfelt - these 11 cartoons from the top editorial cartoonists of the world clearly express the words millions around the world are struggling to form in the face of the mindless violence Paris witnessed yesterday.

The assassination of their colleagues at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo prompted the cartoonists at various media outlets around the world to come together in grief and do what they are best at - draw cartoons defying extremists who they said will not silence their right to express.

These images have one adage to prove - the pen is indeed mightier than the sword.

  • Dave Brown, The Independent
    Dave Brown, The Independent
  • Rob Tornoe, Philadelphia Inquirer
    Rob Tornoe, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Macleod, Evansville Courier and Press
    Macleod, Evansville Courier and Press
  • Plantu, France
    Plantu, France
  • Joep Bertams, Netherlands
    Joep Bertams, Netherlands
  • Jean Jullien, France
    Jean Jullien, France
  • Nono, Le Télégramme
    Nono, Le Télégramme
  • Tommy Dessine, France
    Tommy Dessine, France
  • Ann Telneas, The Washington Post
    Ann Telneas, The Washington Post
  • David Pope, The Canberra Times
    David Pope, The Canberra Times
  • Tom Toles, The Washington Post
    Tom Toles, The Washington Post