The Charlie Hebdo massacre
In a huge manhunt in the office of French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” left twelve persons dead. The barbaric incident took place on 7th January 2015 wednesday. It was the worst attack, France has seen in last five decades. President Francois Hollande announced one day mourning in the country. France has observed a minute’s silence for the 12 people killed at the office of the satirical magazine. Earlier in the day, a gunman shot dead a policewoman south of Paris. A second person was seriously injured in the attack in Montrouge, after which the gunman fled. It is unclear if the attack is related to the pursuit of prime suspects Cherif and Said Kouachi.
Charlie Hebdo gained Islamist rage for publishing contentious materilas. It first came to public sight in 2006 for depicting prophet Mohammad in a controversial cartoon. These were originally appeared in Danish daily Jyllands-Posten. Its offices were fire bombed in November 2011. Four of the France’ wellknown cartoonists including magazine’s editor were killed in the attack. The deceased are Stephane Charbonnier (editor-in-chief),Cabu,Tignous and Wolinski. Despite continuous threats it never backed off from publishing provocative contents.
About Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical weekly magazine featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes. Irreverent and stridently non-conformist in tone, the publication describes itself as strongly anti-racist and publishing articles on the extreme right, religion,politics, culture, etc. The magazine gained notoriety for publishing controversial Mohammad cartoons and was targeted by terrorists thereafter. The 2015 killed 12 people. After the attacks, the phrase Je suis Charlie, French for “I am Charlie”, was adopted by supporters of free speech and freedom of expression who were reacting to the shootings.