Charlie Hebdo staff vow to publish next week with 1m print run

Charlie Hebdo staff vow to publish next week with 1m print run

The Guardian

Surviving staff members of Charlie Hebdo have vowed to publish the satirical weekly next Wednesday, despite the murder of most of its senior journalists – with a hoped-for print run of 1m copies.

Google said it would donate €250,000 (£195,000) to help support the publication from its press innovation fund; a further €250,000 was pledged by French newspaper publishers, to be taken by a donation tax, according to a report in Les Echos.

The two groups involved in the distribution of the papers will take no fee for next week’s issue.

Richard Malka, the magazine’s lawyer, told Les Echos that the remaining staff aim to print 1m copies of the satirical weekly which has a typical print run of 60,000.

In an emotional interview with French TV channel i>Télé, a free-to-air news channel, a visibly upset Patrick Pelloux, a casualty doctor who also wrote for the weekly, vowed to publish next week’s issue. Between sobs he said Charlie Hebdo will continue as otherwise the killers will have won: “Le journal va continuer, ils n’ont pas gagné.”

Asked how, he said it would be difficult but that the death of his editors could not be “for nothing”. “It’s very hard. We are all suffering, with grief, with fear, but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win,” he said.

Eight of the 12 people killed by the masked gunmen were journalists gathered for the weekly staff editorial meeting on press day. Pelloux was among the first on the scene, having been called by another surviving staff member while visiting a nearby firestation.

Among those massacred at the mid-morning meeting were four of the magazine’s most famous names: the cartoonists Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous, and the magazine’s editor since 2012, the cartoonist Stéphane Charbonnier, known as Charb.

Amid offers of help from other media organisations, Martin Rowson, a Guardian cartoonist, has called for his colleagues to donate images to the site so that it can launch next week.

Rowson, who is chairman of the British Cartoonists’ Association, called on his fellow cartoonists to join him in “donating a free drawing” to help ensure that publication can go ahead.

Following the deaths at a paper run by its tiny committed staff, the Charlie Hebdo website was amended to read Je Suis Charlie, translated into many other languages, including Arabic.

Several witnesses reported hearing shouts of “Allahu Akbar”, as well as “We’ve killed Charlie Hebdo” from the gunmen, who also killed two policemen, a visitor and a maintenance worker.

Instead of its usual 16 pages, the group aim to publish eight next Wednesday.

Among the survivors is writer Laurent Léger, who sounded the alarm having survived the conference room massacre, according to L’Obs magazine, andCorinne Rey, known as Coco, who was forced to use the code to open the doors to the office by masked gunmen.

Out of respect and support for Charlie Hebdo, many people around the world held a minute’s silence on Thursday.

International support also came on website reddit RIP Hebdo staff. You are all heroes.

Founded in 1969 as Hara-Kiri Hebdo, a sort of monthly French version of the US satirical magazine Mad, it was banned after mocking the death of former French president Charles de Gaulle in November 1970.

To sidestep the ban, editors renamed the magazine Charlie Hebdo, taking inspiration from a monthly comic book called Charlie Mensuel that two of the team worked on (named in turn after Charlie Brown of Peanuts fame) as well as an irreverent reference to the then recently deceased De Gaulle.

Charlie Hebdo folded in 1981 due to a lack of sales. It was to re-emerge in its current form in 1992.

In 1991, a satirical weekly called The Big Bertha (the name of a military weapon) launched taking aim at the first gulf war.

The title was set up by a team including Charbonnier, who left the title a year later with the bulk of the team to relaunch Charlie Hebdo.

The team included Philippe Val, a French comedian and journalist who would edit the publication for 17 years until Charb took over in 2009.

The team pooled their money and set up a foundation to relaunch and run Charlie Hebdo, according to a 2008 story in Le Monde the foundation was called“Kalashnikov Editions”.

The title’s current weekly circulation is estimated at about 30,000, according to the New York Times.



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