Wednesday, November 02, 2011 3:58 AM
The gutted offices of Charlie Hebdo, Paris. Under Islamic law -- not Islamist law -- Molotov Cocktails replace letters to the editor
Update: The "offending" cover via Vlad Tepes:
"100 lashes if you don't die of laughter"
The Daily Mail reports:
"Offices of French magazine torched after latest edition mocked Prophet [sic] Mohammed"
First, notice the religiously correct references to Mohammed. My old AP Stylebook recommends "Mohammed," plain and simple, to denote "the founder of the of Islamic religion" -- not "the Prophet Mohammed," as the Daily Mail story calls him. This title is inflected with the obeisance of acceptance. (I note also that my old AP Stylebook recommends "Jesus," not "the Son of God Jesus.") The magazine, by the way, was commenting on the rising power and fortunes of sharia and its Islamic -- not Islamist -- proponents in Libya and Tunisia.
Molotov cocktails were today used to burn down the headquarters of a leading French magazine because it mocked the Prophet Mohammed [sic]. Arsonists struck shortly after 1am at the Paris offices of Charlie Hedbo, a Gallic version of Private Eye which prides itself on its mix of cutting satire and investigative journalism.
Its latest edition carries a cartoon image of a bearded Mohammed - something which is blasphemous under Islamic law - and pretends that it is being 'guest edited' by the Prophet.
It is accompanied by the slogan '100 lashes if you don't die of laughter', and the magazine is renamed 'Sharia Hebdo', after Sharia law.
Here is a short video clip that displays the "offending" magazine (the Daily Mail doesn't dare, which means it is sharia-compliant).
A source at the magazine, based in Boulevard Davout in the city's 20th arrondissement, said: 'Molotov cocktail petrol bombs were used to attack the offices first thing this morning.
'The attackers concentrated on the computer system, literally melting it. The offices were empty so nobody was injured, but thousands of euros worth of damage were caused.'
Charlie Hebdo's editor-in-chief, a cartoonist known only as Charb, said: 'We no longer have a newspaper. All our equipment has been destroyed or has melted.
'We could not put a paper together today, but we will do everything possible to produce one next week.
'Whatever happens, we'll do it. There is no question of giving up.'The magazine's website was also hacked, with messages appearing in English and Turkish denouncing its journalists for causing widespread offence.