Slain Charlie Hebdo Editor in 2012: 'I'm Not Going to Hide'

Charb was added to al-Qaeda's most wanted list in 2013
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2015 11:05 AM CST
Slain Charlie Hebdo Editor in 2012: 'I'm Not Going to Hide'
Stephane Charbonnier, also known as Charb, talks to the media in Paris in 2012.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Four beloved French cartoonists are among the dead in today's attack on the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Among them: Editor Stephane Charbonnier, or Charb. BuzzFeed reports the 47-year-old has had police protection since 2011 and was two years later added to al-Qaeda's most wanted list. In a 2012 interview with Der Spiegel, he had this to say: "If we worried about the consequences of each of our drawings in each of our 1,057 issues, then we would have had to close shop a long time ago. ... A drawing has never killed anyone." As for his own safety, he said, "I have neither a wife nor children, not even a dog. But I'm not going to hide." More:

  • The other dead cartoonists are Jean Cabut, or Cabu, who has published cartoons in France for 60 years; Georges Wolinski, 80; and Bernard Verlhac, or Tignous, 57. The fifth journalist to be named is Bernard Maris, a 68-year-old economics professor who was the magazine’s deputy editor, reports the Guardian. The Wall Street Journal and the BBC report several of the dead were thought to have been in an editorial meeting when the attack occurred.
  • Footage aired by French TV captures two masked attackers shouting, in French, "We have avenged Prophet Muhammad. We have killed Charlie Hebdo." The Guardian has graphic video of two gunmen shooting a police officer.
  • Though the magazine's website was down for a period, it's now online and bears a single image with a phrase trending on social media: "Je Suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie").
  • John Kerry said as much today: "Each and every American stands with you today. Not just in horror or in anger or outrage ... but we stand with you in solidarity."
  • The Week rounds up some reactions to the tragedy from cartoonists around the world who have responded in their best way: via cartoon.
  • Another roundup: one from the Daily Beast on the magazine's 16 "most shocking" covers.
(Read more Charlie Hebdo stories.)

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