They shot 10 journalists and cartoonists dead, along with two police officers. Fourest worked for the publication in 2011, when it was firebombed after publishing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. You don’t need any talent to do that.
Charlie Hebdo will be published next week with more cartoons despite 10 employees being killed Wednesday, says former employee of the French satirical newspaper Caroline Fourest.
Multiple gunmen raided the offices of the newspaper in Paris on Wednesday, storming an editorial meeting at the publication. They shot 10 journalists and cartoonists dead, along with two police officers. The magazine is renowned for its highly controversial cartoons, including caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, often causing great offense to some Muslims.
“We joked about the threat all the time when we met. We made jokes about the crazy, stupid people who were violent enough to be afraid of a simple cartoon,” she said. “They can continue to be afraid because there will be more cartoons.”
Fourest worked for the publication in 2011, when it was firebombed after publishing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. The attack did not deter those who worked there, with editor Stéphane Charbonnier saying to Le Monde afterwards: “I’d rather die standing than live on my knees.” In a cruel twist, he was killed on Wednesday.
Fear and censorship would be an incorrect reaction to Wednesday’s massacre, Fourest told ABC News, as French police search for two brothers, reportedly linked to a Yemeni terrorist group, who they believe are responsible for Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo attack. A third man is reportedly in police custody. Read more…