Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Une attaque sur Charlie Hebdo

An attack on Charlie Hebdo.

Charlie Hebdo is the name of a French satire magazine. The Telegraph reports investigators are honing in on a likely theory behind why the magazine's offices were bombed.
The offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo have been destroyed by a petrol bomb, a day after it named the Prophet Mohammed as its “editor-in-chief” for this week’s issue. 
The fiercely anti-clerical magazine said the move, which included renaming the publication “Sharia Hebdo”, was intended to "celebrate" the victory of Islamist party Ennhada in Tunisia's election. 

Charlie Hedbo's editor-in-chief, known as Charb, told France Info radio: "We no longer have a newspaper. All our equipment has been destroyed or has melted." 
No injuries have been reported.
France 24 adds that the magazine -- damaged as it is -- nevertheless comes out ahead in this instance.
With this out-to-incite attitude it’s no surprise that Charlie Hebdo has racked up a string of lawsuits and condemnations over the years – clearly serving as a crude form of publicity for the magazine. But getting fire-bombed has to be its most impressive feat yet.
The bombing also was discussed on France 24's media watch segment.

The New York Times adds that the magazine is known perhaps more than anything else for its sarcasm, something that was clearly not appreciated in this instance. 

Caustically ironic and vulgar, Charlie Hebdo prides itself on being offensive to virtually everyone. It has drawn the ire of Muslim activists before, including in 2006, after it republished cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that first appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. 

Islamic law usually forbids depictions of the prophet. The edition of Charlie Hebdo that apparently inspired the fire-bombing showed a cartoon of Muhammad and the words: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter.”


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