OSCE condemns firebomb attack on French paper

2nd November 2011, Comments 0 comments

The OSCE's media watchdog slammed on Wednesday a suspected firebomb attack on the offices of a French satirical newspaper that featured the Prophet Mohammed as its "guest editor" in a recent edition.

"Violence against media is an attack on freedom of expression, which underpins all democratic, open societies, and I condemn this act in the strongest terms," Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE's media freedom representative, said in a statement.

"Whatever the reasons, attacks against a media outlet and its journalists are intolerable," she said.

"I remain confident that the French authorities will quickly and thoroughly investigate the case and bring the perpetrators to account."

The offices of Charlie Hebdo in eastern Paris were destroyed Wednesday after it had published a special Arab Spring edition with the Prophet Mohammed on the cover as "guest editor."

No one was injured in the early-morning blaze, which a police source said was suspected to have been caused by a petrol bomb.

The magazine's publisher said he was convinced the fire was linked to the special edition.

© 2011 AFP

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