A former Charlie Hebdo employee has revealed that the satirical French newspaper will be published next week despite the barbaric assassinations of ten of it’s journalists and two police officers.
UK Daily Mail Journalist Caroline Fourest, who worked for the paper in 2011, has claimed that the terrorist attack on the publication’s Paris offices, which left twelve people dead, will not silence their cartoonists.
Speaking to the ABC, Ms Fourest said past and present employees of the paper will band together to ensure a new edition of Charlie Hebdo will hit newsstands next Wednesday.
‘We have all decided, the journalists who survived and their ex-colleagues, that we are going to have a meeting tomorrow to publish the next Charlie Hebdo, because there is no way, even if they killed 10 of us, that the newspaper won’t be out next week,’ Ms Fourest said.
She revealed that the journalists of Charlie Hebdo would often try to play down threats against the paper and laugh about people who were offended by the anti-religious publication.
‘All the time when we met we tried to make fun and joke about the crazy stupid people who were violent enough to be afraid of a simple cartoon,’ Ms Fourest said.
‘They can continue to be afraid, because there will be more cartoons. Fourest was working for the publication when it was firebombed after publishing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.
After the attack, editor Stéphane Charbonnier said: ‘I’d rather die standing than live on my knees’. He was gunned down by the terrorists Wednesday.
Ms Fourest’s claims come after a French official close to the case revealed 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad from the north-eastern city of Reims had surrendered to police ‘after seeing his name on social media’ linked to the crime. He was reportedly arrested at an undisclosed location.
Said Kouachi, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32, both from Paris, have also been identified as two of the suspects linked to the deadly terrorist attacked on the newspaper. They are still at large.
Anti-terrorism officers hunting the terrorists issued photographs of the two brothers describing them as ‘armed and dangerous’.