Offices of Charlie Hebdo firebombed for publishing Mohammed satire
Molotov cocktails were today used to burn down the headquarters of a leading French magazine because it mocked the Prophet Mohammed.Good to see that they were able to get the edition to press. But with that told, it's additionally disgusting to learn that one of Time's reporters has blamed the victims for what they've gone through, and how about that, they won't come to the defense of a member of their own industry. More on the subject at Ace of Spades HQ. Time is another leftist publication that's long due for the dustbin, and I think it's high time now for another competition for drawing Mohammed in show of solidarity with free speech. In French, that's la solidarité.
Arsonists struck shortly after 1am at the Paris offices of Charlie Hedbo, a Gallic version of Private Eye which prides itself on its mix of cutting satire and investigative journalism.
Its latest edition carries a cartoon image of a bearded Mohammed - something which is blasphemous under Islamic law - and pretends that it is being 'guest edited' by the Prophet.
It is accompanied by the slogan '100 lashes if you don't die of laughter', and the magazine is renamed 'Sharia Hebdo', after Sharia law.
A source at the magazine, based in Boulevard Davout in the city's 20th arrondissement, said: 'Molotov cocktail petrol bombs were used to attack the offices first thing this morning.
'The attackers concentrated on the computer system, literally melting it. The offices were empty so nobody was injured, but thousands of euros worth of damage were caused.' [...]
The magazine's website was also hacked, with messages appearing in English and Turkish denouncing its journalists for causing widespread offence.
Armed police were this morning surrounding the charred remains of the building, which is close to a number of housing estates where the occupants are predominantly Muslim.
Many regularly complain about discrimination in a country where racial and religious tensions often boil to the surface in riots.
Six years ago, Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard provoked anger across the Islamic world when he published 12 satirical images of the Prophet in a Danish newspaper.
The then editor of Charlie Hebdo was prosecuted in France for 'insulting Muslims' after he reproduced those images, but he was acquitted in 2007.
Despite this morning's attack, the special edition of Charlie Hebdo was still on newsstands this morning, complete with an editorial 'by the Prophet' on Hallal drinks.
Update: here's another item on the subject at Jihad Watch.