Numerous appeals were launched on Thursday through social networks and the internet, by people asking friends to subscribe to the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo as an act of support after the attack perpetrated at its offices on Wednesday. “Let’s launch a campaign of support for Charlie Hebdo. Buy it! Subscribe! Support the magazine, and the brave journalists who have always dared to put into words, openly and cleverly, what many really think (…). Let’s support those who are still alive today! This weekly stood out in the depressing arena of a submissive press trying to be ‘politically correct’,” said an email that went viral on Wednesday.
Hashtags #abonnement (subscription) and #CharlieHebdo are being widely followed and shared on Twitter, where calls for new subscriptions to Charlie Hebdo have multiplied in the past few hours.
On Facebook, new pages called “Subscription in support of Charlie Hebdo and against terrorism” and “Support Charlie Hebdo by subscribing” were created on Wednesday afternoon and already have several hundred followers.
Information about subscriptions is available on www.viapresse.com, the official press website for magazine subscriptions. Describing the weekly, Viapresse writes: “Because Charlie Hebdo does not give in to death threats. Because Charlie Hebdo does not give in to terrorism. Because Charlie Hebdo does not bow before God. Because Charlie Hebdo is only accountable to its readers,” according to the website. Prices vary between 49.50 euros for 6 months and 166.50 euros for 2 years.
Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)