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What’s up Charlie Hebdo?

Posted by Scott On September - 20 - 2012

The French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo has published quite a controversial cover, sure to stir the pot.  According to a report by CNN, Parisian newsstand kiosks sold out of the magazine almost instantly.  France has the largest Muslim population in the Euopean Union.

The French government announced it was shutting down embassies in 20 countries.  Spokesman for the government of the United States questioned the judgement of the publisher, while softly supporting the principle of free speech.  The Globe & Mail reported this morning that over 30 people have already been killed in violent outbursts to a YouTube video…the Innocence of Muslims.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault issued a statement expressing his “disapproval of all excesses,” in response to the Charle Hebdo cover.

The magazine’s editor, and a fomer cartoonist named Stephane Charbonnier, denied he was being deliberately provocative at a delicate time, according to a report by SkyNews.

“The freedom of the press, is that a provocation?” he said. “I’m not asking strict Muslims to read Charlie Hebdo, just like I wouldn’t go to a mosque to listen to speeches that go against everything I believe.”

The French satirical magazine’s offices were firebombed in the past (November 2011) when they published another controversial cover.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15550350

According to the Huffington Post, Charlie Hebdo often publishes satirical cartoons mocking Christians.   The Huffington Post is also running a Poll, which you can vote on, regarding Free Speech. Click below to go to the Huffington Post article and Poll.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/19/french-satirical-magazine-charlie-hebdo-cartoons-prophet_n_1896063.html

According to Wickipedia, the magazine has a “left-wing anarchistic” editorial slant.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Hebdo

The National Post ran this editorial cartoon in today’s paper.

It seems that magazine covers are generating a lot of excitment these days…I guess the Prophet is good for profits.  As for Royal Nipples, that is so yesterday. 

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Scott Bullock is a veteran circulation expert with over 38 years experience in both Canada and the United States. He has worked on trade titles such as Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal and Small Press in the USA. In consumer magazines, Scott was the Circulation Director for D Magazine (the city magazine of Dallas, Texas), and in Canada he was the Circulation Director for Toronto Life, Fashion, and Canadian Art. From 2000 to 2004, Scott was a partner at Coast to Coast Newsstand Services. Scott has also held the post of VP Sales & Marketing, for CDS Global, Canada. Currently, CoversSell.Com is Scott’s circulation consultancy. Active clients include: Fly Fusion, Canadian Geographic, Canadian House & Home, Canada’s History, Canadian Real Estate Wealth, Canadian Woodworking, Canadian Cycling, Canadian Running, Canadian Scrapbooker, Legion, Harrowsmith, SkyNews, and SuperTrax.

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