The website of French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo has been taken offline after its host received death threats from Islamic groups angry at the publication’s proposal for a special Islamic issue.France 24 reports that Belgian hosting company, Bluevision, has taken the site down after being threatened. No doubt the company do not wish to suffer the same fate as the magazine, which saw its offices firebombed yesterday in protest of the magazine’s edition celebrating the Arab Spring.
The magazine, which was running a special issue dubbed “Charia Hebdo” in celebration of Islam’s role in the Arab Spring, also had its website hacked so that it displayed the message “No God but Allah.” The special edition of the magazine had a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the front with a speech bubble reading “100 lashes if you don’t die with laughter.”
According to the BBC, Charlie Hebdo’s editor has called the firebombing of the magazine’s offices as “an attack against freedom.” The same source reported that he labelled the attackers as “idiot extremists.”
France 24 reports that the whole episode has been taken up as a freedom of speech issue by the French press. French publication Liberation is now housing the Charlie Hebdo journalists, while simultaneously running an issue celebrating the right to offend whoever it wants.
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