France: Satirical Magazine’s Offices Destroyed
Slide Show: A collection of past covers from Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo, a weekly French satirical magazine, had its offices damaged by a firebomb the morning of November 2, just before a special edition “guest edited” by the Prophet Muhammad appeared on newsstands. The edition was renamed “Charia Hebdo,” a play on the French word for Shariah law, and was inspired by an Islamist party’s victory in Tunisian elections. No one was injured in the bombing, but the paper’s offices were destroyed. Hackers also infiltrated the magazine’s web site and the magazine’s editors were blocked from their Facebook page after thousands posted angry comments and reported the page as offensive.
Charlie Hebdo has ridiculed everyone from bin Laden to the Pope to French President Nicholas Sarkozy.
Since the bombing Charlie Hebdo’s editors have started a blog, and will continue to publish the magazine. Employees are currently operating from the offices of the French daily Liberation.
The special edition, for which the magazine was bombed, appeared on schedule and sold out on newsstands. On November 4, Charlie Hebdo released more print copies of the edition.The new re-release included a four page supplement reproducing the Muhammad cartoon under the headline, “After their office blaze, this team defends the ‘freedom to poke fun.’”