Charlie Hebdo, ‘Sharia Hebdo’, Burnt Out.
Libération reports (Here),
La rédaction du journal satirique Charlie Hebdo, qui publie ce mercredi un numéro spécial après les élections en Tunisie, a été détruite dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi par un incendie criminel, a-t-on appris mercredi de source policière, évoquant un jet de «cocktail molotov».
The Editorial Offices of the satirical journal, Charlie Hebdo, which published on Wednesday a special issue after the Tunisian elections, has been destroyed by arson. Police sources, announcing the news, suggest that a Molotov cocktail was the cause.
What, again, was the occasion for this?
The BBC reports, “To fittingly celebrate the victory of the Islamist Ennahda party in Tunisia… Charlie Hebdo has asked Muhammad to be the special editor-in-chief of its next issue”, the magazine said in a statement.” .
The Libé report says that Charlie had received threats on Facebook, Twitter, and letters of protest, on its special issue immediately as its subject matter became known.
On the radio, France-Inter, this morning we learnt that its Web site has been hacked into, with a message left accusing the journal of insulting the Muhammed, the ‘guest editor’ of the week. Le Nouvel Observateur (Here) says that this was from an Islamic ”cyber-fighter” reacting against the “disgusting” cartoons of the paper.
Le site de “Charlie Hebdo” a également été piraté, un message attribuant cette attaque informatique à un “cyber-combattant” de l’islam en réaction aux dessins ”dégoûtants” de l’hebdomadaire.
The Nouvel Observateur makes the Tunisian connection but adds Libya. It says the special issue was in response to the victory of Ennahada and the declaration on the Sharia as the legal basis of the state by the NTC of the latter country’s government.
Charia Hebdo’s Cartoons Can be Seen Here.
The hacked site showed these – interestingly in English and Turkish.
Amongst the many who reacted in abhorence, including many leading Muslim figures (who naturally would not support caricatures of the Prophet), Jean-Luc Mélenchon Presidential Candidate of the Front de Gauche (FdG) fiercely condemned the firebombing. There is a very strong declaration in defence of Charlie and secularism by his party (a component of the FdG) , the Parti de Gauche - Here.
The French Communist Daily L’Humanité, Editor Patrick Le Hyaric, said (Here), said “ceux qui brûlent des journaux, brûlent la liberté et la démocratie” – those who burn papers, burn freedom and democracy”.
I add something very minor, but which suggests that somebody, or some group, was combing the Net on Tuesday. For some reason we began to get hits on Charlie Hebdo (a post of some time back) from yesterday afternoon to midnight (the petrol bomb was launched around 2 in the morning UK time).
Visit record for Tuesday:
On the wider impact:
Before British Islamophiles, and their not-so-secret policeman friend, Bob Lambert, begin criticising Charlie Hebdo for Islamophobia we note that Weekly is an equal opportunities taunter of religion.
As can be seen above, the first Front Page headline, Les Cathos Intègrists contre… refers to the Catholic fundamentalists attacking a Parisian theatre for showing a play that they didn’t like.
Christians could well complain about Charlie’s ’Christianophobia’.
Mind you little seems to shame those who produce Islamophobia Watch, who indicated before it came out that Charlie was going to be ’provocative’ by publishing this special ‘Charia’ Hebdo.
Despite the fire the issue is in the kiosks.
Essential background from Rue 89 here.
Charlie to remain ‘free-thinking’ – reaction of Sylvia Coma from the Editors – here.
Libération today has offered Charlie its pages to publish a special issue (Here):