Thursday 22 March 2018

Charlie Hebdo donates millions to attack victims

Charlie Hebdo was attacked by Islamic extremists in January
Charlie Hebdo was attacked by Islamic extremists in January

Charlie Hebdo, the satirical newspaper which was targeted by Islamic extremist gunmen in January, is giving nearly four million euros (£2.9 million) to victims of the attacks.

The publication was attacked on January 7 for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by a pair of French-born brothers who killed 12 people - most of them journalists - during an editorial meeting.

The three days of attacks, co-ordinated with a third man targeting a kosher supermarket and policewoman, left a total of 17 dead before the gunmen died in police raids.

In a statement on Wednesday, Charlie Hebdo said it would turn over the donations from 84 countries, and that the French government would appoint an oversight committee to determine how the money would be redistributed.

The paper expressed "gratitude to the donors and those who, freely and in total discretion, wanted to take part in the collection and redistribution of these donations".

Suddenly flush with cash from the donations and a global readership after the attacks, the weekly saw high tension among surviving staff, in large part over the money.

After a handful of prominent departures and new arrivals, it has largely returned to its original mission of skewering politics, religion and other institutions with its usual mix of profanity, obscenity and raw humour.

Press Association

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