A massive outpouring of support has been mobilsed to make sure that the magazine, which had been sliding towards bankruptcy before the attack, lives on in memory of the victims. The next issue will hit the stands tomorrow. The special edition will run million copies in 16 languages including Arabic. Before the attack Charlie Hebdo had a circulation of 60,000 copies. It would also have six or eight pages instead of the usual 16 but will sell for the same price of 3 euros. :
Martin Rowson, a Guardian cartoonist and chairman of the British Cartoonists’ Association, called on his fellow cartoonists to join him in “donating a free drawing” to help ensure that publication can go ahead. The magazine lost four of its best cartoonists to the horrific : Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous, and Charb.
The two groups that distribute Charlie Hebdo’s papers in France have also decided not charge a fee for next week’s issue.
- The French government donated about €1 million
- Guardian Media Group pledged £100,000
- A crowdfunding campaign raised close to $75,000.
- Google donated €250,000 through the Digital Press Fund in France to support their publication
- French publishers promised €250,000 while French media groups like Le Monde, France Télévisions and Radio France are also working on a plan to contribute a similar amount. They have also asked other media outlets to join them.