Charlie Hebdo attack: Print run for new issue expanded

Charlie Hebdo attack Print run for new issue expanded

Millions more copies of French weekly Charlie Hebdo are being printed after the first run sold out in hours.

Five million copies are being produced – up from three million planned – a week after Islamist gunmen murdered 12 people at its offices and five others in subsequent attacks in Paris.

The “survivors’ issue” has angered some Muslims by depicting the Prophet Mohammed on its cover.

Al-Qaeda in Yemen appears to have claimed the attack on the magazine.

A video purportedly from AQAP emerged but it did not provide any evidence to support its claims. The group had previously welcomed the attack, without acknowledging any role in the operation.

The gunmen are said to have used earlier publication of images of the Prophet as justification for their attack on the magazine.

The magazine’s latest front cover shows a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad weeping while holding a sign saying “I am Charlie”, and below the headline “All is forgiven”.

People waited for kiosks to open to buy the magazine
All copies of the magazine were sold out by Wednesday morning at this Paris newsstand
Some kiosks said they had received dozens of reservation requests

“I am Charlie” emerged as a message of support for the magazine following the attack on 7 January, which left eight journalists, including its editor, dead in addition to four others.

In a separate attack in Paris two days later, an Islamist gunman killed four Jewish men and took hostages at a kosher shop.

The same attacker is believed to have shot a policewoman the day before.

New threats

Normally the magazine prints 60,000 copies but the run increased steadily this week – from one million to three million to five million.

The “survivors’ issue”, as the magazine calls it, is available in six languages including English, Arabic and Turkish. Proceeds are going to victims’ families.




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