Global Journalist

France

Satirical magazine offices firebombed for publishing Prophet Muhammad’s caricatures

The offices of Charlie Hebdo, the provocative French weekly, were partly destroyed by a criminal fire after a the media entity published a special edition with Prophet Muhammad as “editor-in-chief.” The night before the newspaper — renamed “Sharia Hebdo” for the occasion — was published, its headquarters were firebombed by a molotov cocktail in Paris, reports Al Jazeera.

The newspaper was reacting to the last events in Tunisia – where Islamist party Ennahda won the last elections – and Syria – where the new government chose the Sharia, the Islamic law, to rule the country from now on, according to a BBC article.

Charlie Hebdo ‘s website was also hacked, along with its Facebook page filled with messages against the magazine; the satirical media outlet decided to create a new blog to welcome the public support and continue to publish the issues, according to the Huffington Post.

Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the attack that they say “intended to intimidate journalists and artists and force them into self-censorship.”

In 2007, Charlie Hebdo stirred up more controversy when it reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Islamist groups took the weekly to court, but a French court rejected the accusations.

Other updates from France

Global Journalist is produced by the Missouri School of Journalism
Copyright © 2014