Who would have thought that the French media would be teaching their American counterparts about freedom of press, and having the stones to stand up for that freedom?
While several news outlets here in the United States have decided to censor any images of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, which radical terrorists used as justification to murder 12 people, French journalists have decided to band together so “that Charlie might live.”
The group will print 1 million copies of the newspaper next week – a major uptick from their estimated 45,000 average.
Via Weasel Zippers:
French news outlets and journalists will strive to ensure that Charlie Hebdo is not silenced by terror.
Gunmen targeted the satirical newspaper’s Paris offices Wednesday, killing 12 people, including the editor and chief cartoonist. But, despite the horrific threat to press freedom, the paper will continue to publish.
In a joint statement released Thursday, Radio France, Le Monde and France Televisions pledged to provide assistance.
“Faced with horror, Radio France, Le Monde and France Televisions announce they are willing to provide Charlie Hebdo and its team with as much human and material resources as necessary to ensure Charlie Hebdo continues to live.”
The three media groups invite all French media, which has been mobilized all morning, to join them in an effort to preserve the principles of independence, freedom of thought and freedom of speech — safeguards of democracy.”
Some one million copies of the newspaper will print next week, according to Le Monde. (Average circulation for the magazine is estimated at 45,000 copies.)
“We are all suffering, with grief, with fear,” said Charlie Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux, “but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win.”
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