mardi 13 janvier 2015

Charlie vivra : Donations for Charlie Hebdo

The staff of Charlie Hebdo vowed to keep the magazine alive by continue with the satirical weekly. After the terrorist attack that took place at their headquarter offices last wednesday, leaving 12 people dead, the magazine nnounced that it would publish its next issue because giving up means those that lost their lives, died for nothing.

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.
Donation have also been pouring in to offer financial support :
  • 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.
The Press and Pluralism Fund and Reporters without Borders are also soliciting donations online.They came up with beautiful video titled where a dozen annonymous people were filmed holding up a "Je suis Charlie" sign.
The video is titled « Charlie vivra », in English « Charlie will live ». The song in the video is titled « Quand les cons sont braves » in English « When idiots become brave » by French singer Georges Brassens who died of cancer on 29 October 1981. Although he wrote the song, he never had the opportunity to record it or play it in public before his death. Maxime Le Forestier, a fan of the singer, interpretated several of his songs. It is his interpretation of  « Quand les cons sont braves » that is heard in the video.
Quand les cons sont braves by Maxime Le Forestier
 To offer humanitarian support to see Charlie live on, go to

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