Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Charlie Hebdo Firebombed

The offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were firebombed after the newspaper mocked the presence of Islamists in the newly elected government of Tunisia. An editorial associate responded to Le Monde's question:


Craignez-vous une récupération politico-idéologique de cette affaire ?On va certainement être soutenu par Marine Le Pen et Riposte laïque. On le déplore mais on ne va pas se censurer pour cela. Par ailleurs, on s'attend aussi à une série d'amalgames sur l'islam et les islamistes ou encore des interprétations douteuses sur le soutien de Charlie Hebdo aux révolutions arabes donc, pour certains, aux islamistes... Mais on ne changera pas notre ligne éditoriale "libre-penseur" qui est un fondamental de Charlie Hebdo. Pour nous, dès que la religion devient un instrument politique, on le critiquera.

2 comments:

Cincinna said...

Freedom of speech and press, tolerance, and acceptance of diversity, is evidently a one way street when dealing with Islamists.
As the "Arab Spring" reveals itself more as the Islamic Winter in Egypt, Tunusia, Libya & elsewhere, one can only expect more of the same.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't help but wonder who exactly did this, during a fierce electoral campaign, to a newspaper whose sales are forever declining, but which had a spike in readership when they published the Mohammed caricatures in 2006...

Mélanie