Charlie Hebdo to Print 1M Copies with $300K Support from Google

January 9, 2015

8:00 am

Charlie Hebdo is reportedly planning to run its biggest print to date. In light of this week’s brutal acts of terrorism on the the French satirical magazine, during which eight members of its staff were killed, the remaining staff is planning on running 1 million copies next week. In support of such an initiative, Google has donated €250,000 (nearly $300,000) to the publication.

The Guardian reports that the money comes from Google’s press innovation fund, and is part of the increasingly widening global support for Charlie Hebdo and the much broader institution of freedom of the press (on which this week’s attacks focused). In addition to this support from Google, French newspapers have also pledged to donate another €250,000 to the magazine for next week’s printing efforts.

For next week’s issue, Charlie Hebdo has solicited contributions from journalists and cartoonists from all over Europe. This week, cartoonists from across the globe drew their responses to the tragedy that happened in Paris. Throughout the world, solidarity marches are being held to condemn the attacks, and #JeSuisCharlie (“I am Charlie) has been trending on Twitter.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things.

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