Nearly 100 media outlets, including France’s Médias Monde, in an open letter on Wednesday called on all French citizens and elected officials to mobilize for freedom of expression, in support of Charlie Hebdo, which has been the subject of new threats since the trial began in 2015.
Newspapers, radios, magazines and TV channels are mobilized for Charlie Hebdo. Almost a hundred media outlets published an open letter on Wednesday, September 23, urging the French to mobilize for freedom of expression in support of the newspaper satirical, which is the subject of new threats.
Charlie Hebdo has decided to republish the caricatures of Muhammad that had made him a target for jihadists, ahead of the introduction of the trial against the attack that had decimated its editors in January 2015. A new edition was praised by some, but which he has raised new threats, especially from the jihadist organization Al-Qaeda, and has been condemned by some Muslim countries.
“After the republicanization of Muhammad’s caricatures on September 2, 2020, Charlie Hebdo is once again threatened by terrorist organizations. Threats that constitute a real provocation in the middle of the trial against the attacks in January 2015. Threats that go well beyond Charlie because they also target all media and and with the President of the Republic, “lamented Riss, chief of Charlie Hebdo.
“It seemed necessary for us to suggest to the media to reflect on the collective response that deserved to be given to this situation,” he explains.
This mobilization resulted in a open letter, making the front page of the satirical weekly this Wednesday and will appear on the pages and websites of the signed media, including the national and regional press, the main television channels, weekly newspapers and radio stations.
“We need you”
“Thanks to a historic mobilization of the French media, by publishing this letter to our citizens today, we want to send a powerful message to defend our view of freedom of speech, but far beyond the freedom of all French citizens,” Riss indicates and invites “all media that want to publish this letter”.
“Today, 2020, some of you are threatened with death on social networks when you reveal individual opinions. Media are openly targeted by international terrorist organizations. States put pressure on French journalists. ‘Guilty’ of publishing critical articles”, we can read in this text entitled “Together, Let’s Defend Liberty”.
In the quote from the Declaration of Human Rights of 1789, the text deplores the fact that “it is the whole legal structure that has evolved over more than two centuries to protect your freedom of speech that is under attack, as never in 75 years. And this times by new totalitarian ideologies, who sometimes claim to be inspired by religious texts “.
“We need you. Your mobilization. The shot for your conscience. The enemies of freedom must understand that we are all together their resolute opponents, no matter what differences of opinion we believe,” the signatories call.
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The signatories conclude by urging “citizens, local elected representatives, political leaders, journalists, activists from all parties and all associations” to unite their forces “to drive away the fear and make it win. [l’]indestructible love of freedom “.
The twelve drawings reproduced by Charlie were originally published by the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten on September 30, 2005 and then reprinted by the satirical weekly 2006. They show in particular the Prophet carrying a bomb instead of a turban, or in character armed with a knife flanked by two women crafted in black.
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While the trial of the attack that killed 12 people on January 7, 2015 is being held until November 10, Charlie Hebdo’s chief of staff, Marika Bret, said earlier this week that she had to be expelled from her home due to threats considered serious. In an interview with Le Point, she condemned “an incredible level of hatred for Charlie Hebdo”.