"As journalists it is our duty to help Charlie Hebdo survive"by Christine Ockrent / January 8, 2015 / Leave a comment
Among the 12 journalists who died in the January 7 attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine office was an old friend of mine, Georges Wolinski, 80. We had lunch just before Christmas. This was clearly an extremely well planned attack—the gunmen knew the precise time and day on which the weekly editorial meeting was held. They wanted to make sure they caused the maximum havoc. This will be a day that France will remember for a long time, but tragically not for the right reasons.
Charlie Hebdo, was founded in 1970, and is famous for its satirical political cartoons. It attracted the attention of Islam extremists in February 2006 when it reprinted 12 cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that were originally published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Then in 2011, the Charlie Hebdo office was destroyed by a petrol bomb, a day after it named the Prophet Muhammad as the “guest editor” for its next issue. The editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, said at the time in a BBC interview that the incident was an attack against freedom itself by “idiot extremists” not representative of France’s Muslim population. Despite receiving death threats and being on al Qaeda’s most wanted list, Charb…