Charlie Hebdo to sell 1 million copies

  • Date January 9 2015
  • Publication The Times

The next issue of Charlie Hebdo is expected to sell out even though its print run has been increased to a million copies.

The satirical magazine will publish as usual in a show of resilience next week, but almost 17 times the usual 60,000 editions will go on sale
“It’s very hard. We are all suffering, with grief, with fear, but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win,” said Patrick Pelloux, a columnist.

Journalists, cartoonists and free-speech advocates from around the world have shown their support for Charlie Hebdo and the publication’s ardent commitment to freedom of expression. Jon Stewart, one of America’s most famous satirists, acknowledged the bravery of the murdered journalists during his TV show.

“Very few people go into comedy as an act of courage, mainly because it shouldn’t have to be that,” he said. “It shouldn’t be an act of courage — it should be taken as established law.

“But those guys at Hebdo had it, and they were killed for their cartoons, a stark reminder that for the most part, the legislators and journalists and institutions that we jab and ridicule are not in any way the enemy.”
The Index on Censorship, a British organisation dedicated to upholding freedom of expression, challenged newspapers and magazines around the world to simultaneously publish Charlie Hebdo cartoons yesterday. The organisation said dozens of media around the world took part.

The New York Times editorial board called the attack “an assault on freedom everywhere”, adding: “It is absurd to suggest that the way to avoid terrorist attacks is to let the terrorists dictate standards in a democracy.”