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Charlie Hebdo to Publish Special 'Survivors' Issue' After Massacre

By    |   Thursday, 08 Jan 2015 02:00 PM

Charlie Hebdo normally prints 60,000 copies of each weekly issue, but announced Thursday it will print 1 million copies of its upcoming issue in the wake of a brutal attack on its offices that killed 12.

The "survivors' issue" will hit newsstands on Wednesday, surviving columnist and emergency-room physician Patrick Pelloux told Agence France-Presse. Pelloux was one of the first to rush to the offices after the terrorist attack, and helped take care of the wounded.

"It's very hard. We are all suffering, with grief, with fear, but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win," he explained.

Richard Malka, the magazine's lawyer, said that the forthcoming issue will feature content from regular staff and contributors only, and be eight pages instead of the usual 16, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Named after "Peanuts" character Charlie Brown, Charlie Hebdo — French slang for "Charlie Weekly" — normally sells for 3 euros. After the attack, however, back issues of the magazine have received a bevy of attention on auction sites, with one copy on eBay receiving an $82,000 bid.

After 44 years of publishing irreverent cartoons and essays lampooning religion, government, the military, and more, Charlie Hebdo — like many print publications in the Internet age — was on the brink of bankruptcy, having issued a plea for donations in November.

After the bloody attack, the French government and several French news outlets pledged assistance to the satirical magazine, saying it would not close on their watch.

The offices of French daily newspaper Liberation will host Charlie Hebdo's staff starting Friday.

AFP, Le Monde, and Vivendi SA’s Canal Plus television have also offered assistance with the million-unit print run. A 2013 fund set up by Google after a copyright fight with French newspapers will donate $300,000 to the cause, said the director of the fund.

"Public aid to help Charlie would be justified. We cannot envision Charlie Hebdo disappearing," France's justice minister, Christiane Taubira, said Thursday on French radio.

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