Paris Attack: French Media Companies Offer Help to Keep Satire Magazine Running

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TV giant France Televisions, Radio France and newspaper Le Monde “invite all French media to meet to preserve” freedom of speech

After Wednesday’s attack on the Paris office of weekly satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people, including 10 employees, French media companies have offered help to keep the publication going.

TV giant France Televisions, Radio France and newspaper Le Monde, in a joint statement late on Wednesday, vowed to offer human and material support needed to keep Charlie Hebdo alive. They didn't immediately detail how much staff and what other help they would make available.

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“The three groups invite all French media who have mobilized since this morning to meet to preserve the principles of independence and liberty of thought and expression, the guarantors of our democracy,” the statement said.

France Televisions and Radio France are the country’s public broadcasters, and Le Monde is one of its leading newspapers.

Among the magazine’s staff killed in the attack were editorial director Stephane Charbonnier and some of its best-known cartoonists. Editor-in-chief Gerard Biard was reportedly in London when the attack happened.

The magazine’s future publishing schedule wasn’t clear as of early Thursday morning local time. But around noon, the Agence France Press and news network France 24 said that the weekly edition of Charlie Hebdo would be published next Wednesday. They cited an editorial staffer.

Its website was back up late on Wednesday, but only showed the line “Je Suis Charlie,” French for “I am Charlie.” It also had a link to a PDF that listed the phrase in various foreign languages, including Arabic.

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Supporters of the publication and press freedom have used that phrase on social media and at public gatherings in Paris where people carried signs with the phrase. Demonstrators also held up pens in a show of solidarity with the slain cartoonists.

Jan. 8, 3:10 a.m. Updated with information on next week's planned issue of Charlie Hebdo.

Email: Georg.Szalai@THR.com
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