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The betrayal of Charlie Hebdo

Four years ago today, self-styled jihadists burst into the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo and shot to death 10 members of the magazine’s staff and also a police officer and security guard.

Immediately after the massacre, countless people took to the streets to remember the fallen journalists. Globally, on social media, many echoed the slogan ‘Je Suis Charlie’ in solidarity.


‘Cleaned by migrants’: Italy outraged by ‘sick’ Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Genoa bridge collapse

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has courted controversy once again after publishing a cartoon that appears to mock the Genoa bridge collapse and features an overtly racist caricature of an African migrant.

Some 38 people died when a 100m-long section of the A10 motorway bridge collapsed on August 14. Dozens of cars plummeted nearly 150ft into an industrial area of Genoa where the rescue and recovery effort is still ongoing.


Bataclan terror victims sue French state for not allowing armed soldiers to intervene

A group of survivors and families of victims of the 2015 Paris terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris has filed a lawsuit against the French state over its response during the police operation that night.

The group which includes 17 victims and families of victims wants to know why eight soldiers from the “Sentinelle” anti-terror patrols armed with assault rifles, who were outside the concert hall while the massacre was taking place inside, were told by their superiors not to intervene.

According to La Parisien, police officers present at the time asked the soldiers to lend them their weapons but stuck to army protocol and refused to hand them over.


‘I was of the dead. But I was not dead.’ A Charlie Hebdo survivor’s story

Late morning, 7 January 2015

When you’re not expecting it, how long does it take to understand that death is coming? It’s not just imagination that is bypassed by reality, it’s your very senses. I heard dry little noises, nothing like the reverberating detonations in movies, mere firecrackers, echo-less squibs. For a moment, I thought it might have been kids messing about.


To be or not to be Charlie: Parisians debate free speech three years after attack

As France prepares to commemorate the third anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack, FRANCE 24 visited the Parisian neighbourhood where the shootings took place to ask locals if they still stand by, “Je suis Charlie.”

The defaced portrait of Tignous, one of the artists killed in the Charlie Hebdo Muslim terrorist attack.


Charlie Hebdo receives death threats over Tariq Ramadan front page

French police are investigating death threats against satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo over a cartoon of Oxford scholar Tariq Ramadan, who is facing rape allegations.

The provocative magazine, which suffered a deadly jihadist attack in January 2015 after publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, depicted Ramadan its edition last Wednesday in an explicit pose, with the caption: “I am the sixth pillar of Islam.”

The five pillars of Islam are the five basic practices obligatory for believers: faith, prayer, charity, fasting, and the pilgrimage to Mecca.


Islamic State militant linked to Charlie Hebdo attack could still be alive: Iraq

An Islamic State militant linked to the deadly 2015 attack on French weekly Charlie Hebdo could be still be alive, the Iraqi military said on Saturday.

Boubaker el-Hakim was reported by American defense officials to have been killed in November, in a U.S. drone strike in Raqqa, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria.

Iraqi intelligence supplied information to the Syrian airforce to carry out a series of strikes on Islamic State headquarters and hideouts in Syria, including one believed to belong to el-Hakim, an Iraqi military statement said.


Charlie Hebdo two years later: Will America continue to protect free speech?

“…The “yes, but” attitude was on full display after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Pope Francis called the magazine “provocateurs” and suggested that it got what it deserved. A “reaction could have been expected,” he said, adding that “[y]ou cannot insult the faith of others.”

Cartoonist Garry Trudeau, author of the Doonesbury comic strip, chastised Charlie Hebdo for “punching downward” at a “powerless, disenfranchised minority,” and he blamed the magazine for violence that broke out across Europe.


The cost of Islam: Charlie Hebdo journalist quits after magazine ‘goes soft’

Charlie Hebdo Offices – site of massacre by Muslims

Zineb El Rhazoui claims weekly hit by Paris attacks is bowing to Islamic extremists and no longer daring to draw Muhammad

One of Charlie Hebdo’s most outspoken journalists has said she is leaving the French satirical magazine because it has gone soft on Islamic extremism.

Zineb El Rhazoui accused the weekly of bowing to Islamic extremists and no longer daring to draw the prophet Muhammad.

Her parting shot comes on the eve of the second anniversary of the jihadi massacre in Paris that almost wiped out the magazine’s staff. “Charlie Hebdo died on 7 January [2015],” the day the gunmen attacked the magazine, killing 12 people, Rhazoui told Agence France-Presse.


Islamists Won: Charlie Hebdo Disappears

Over twenty years, fear has already devoured important pieces of Western culture and journalism. They all disappeared in a ghastly act of self-censorship: the cartoons of a Danish newspaper, a “South Park” episode, paintings in London’s Tate Gallery, a book published by the Yale University Press; Mozart’s Idomeneo, the Dutch film “Submission”, the name and face of the US cartoonist Molly Norris, a book cover by Art Spiegelman and Sherry Jones’s novel, “Jewel of Medina”, to name just a few. Most of them have become ghosts living in hiding, hidden in some country house, or retired to private life, victims of an understandable but tragic self-censorship.

Only the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was missing from this sad, long list. Until now.


Charlie Hebdo faces ‘imminent’ attack after publishing image of naked Muslims

Commenting on the decision to ban burkas from beaches in Cannes, the latest issue depicts a man and woman with a traditional beard and hijab running naked on the beach with the caption “The reform of Islam: Muslims loosen up”.