Despite the fact that French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo continues to flourish – it has just launched a German edition – it has been accused of surrendering to Islamic extremists by avoiding depictions of the ‘prophet’ Mohammed.
The accusation was made by one of its staff members, Zineb El Rhazoui, 35, above, who survived the deadly attack on the publication’s offices two years ago, on January 7, 2015.
She was out of the building when Islamist gunmen burst into the Paris offices with assault rifles and began firing. Twelve of her colleagues were killed.
Charlie Hebdo marked the anniversary of the atrocity with the cover below, which says:
2017, at last light at the end of the tunnel.
According to this report, El Rhazoui – the “most protected woman” in France – said she was said she’s resigning from Charlie Hebdo.
Charlie Hebdo died on January 7. Freedom at any cost is what I loved about Charlie Hebdo, where I worked through great adversity.
She added that the jihadists may as well be editing the magazine now, ensuring “that Mohammed is no longer depicted”. El Rhazoui said she hasn’t actually written anything for the publication in about a year due to the direction it has taken.
Last October, El Rhazoui visited the Women in the World offices in New York City for a wide-ranging interview with reporter Emma-Kate Symons. She elaborated on the survivor’s guilt she grappled with after escaping the grim fate many of her colleagues met.
Straight after the attacks, like many of my colleagues I felt guilty for having stayed alive. I said to myself ‘Those who are dead are dead for all our work, and some are dead when it wasn’t even their work.’
But it was my work because I am a journalist and I am still here. And then you understand this is all part of survivor syndrome, which is normal when you survive a massacre like that.
El Rhazoui has been one of the most outspoken critics in the world about Islamic extremism, to the point where fatwas calling for her death have been issued and she routinely receives death threats. She travels with a constant security presence surrounding her. Her latest book, Destroy Islamic Fascism, is just as incendiary, if not more so, than anything she’s done in the past.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn