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Charlie Hebdo Editor Charb Speaks Out Six Months After Firebomb Attack

07/05/2012

Sometime in the early morning hours of November 2, 2011 the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were firebombed and its website was hacked.  These attacks were apparently in response to a then upcoming issue which was to be “guest-edited” by the Prophet Mohammed.  In spite of the violent attack and numerous death threats before and since the attacks, the Charlie Hebdo team has refused to be intimidated.  That issue of the magazine, with a cartoon depiction of Mohammed on the cover, was released shortly after the website attack and the firebomb attack.  The very next issue even made light (pun intended) of the attack.  A little over six months after the attack, on May 21, the Editor and cartoonist Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier gave Drew Rougier-Chapman, CRNI’s Deputy Director, a tour of Charlie Hebdo’s temporary offices.  Charb also sat down for an interview in which he emphasized that extremist Muslims are not the only extremists in France trying to silence speech.  As for his and his coworkers’ resolve, Charb said, “We can’t live in jail. ... So we continue.”  The full interview is below. 

 

 

To read our initial news alert about the attack on the offices and the website of Charlie Hebdo, click on Offices of French Satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo Firebombed for Planning to Publish a Cartoon About the Prophet Mohammed.  If you'd like to support Charlie Hebdo's rebuilding efforts, write out a check to: "Presse et Pluralisme/Charlie Hebdo" and send that check to "The Association Presse et Pluralism, TSA 32649, Palaiseau, France.

 

Photograph of Charb by Drew Rougier-Chapman

Photograph of Charb (and French police officers assigned to protect the Editor) by Drew Rougier-Chapman

Photograph of Charb (and French police officers assigned to protect the Editor) by Drew Rougier-Chapman