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Book Title: Open Letter: On Blasphemy, Islamophobia, and the True Enemies of Free Expression|
The author of the book: Charb
ISBN 13: 9780316311335
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 28.82 MB
Edition: Little, Brown and Company
Date of issue: January 5th 2016
Read full description of the books Open Letter: On Blasphemy, Islamophobia, and the True Enemies of Free Expression:An impassioned defense of the freedom of speech, from Stéphane Charbonnier, a journalist murdered for his convictions
On January 7, 2015, two gunmen stormed the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. They took the lives of twelve men and women, but they called for one man by name: "Charb."
Known by his pen name, Stéphane Charbonnier was editor in chief of Charlie Hebdo, an outspoken critic of religious fundamentalism, and a renowned political cartoonist in his own right. In the past, he had received death threats and had even earned a place on Al Qaeda's "Most Wanted List." On January 7 it seemed that Charb's enemies had finally succeeded in silencing him. But in a twist of fate befitting Charb's defiant nature, it was soon revealed that he had finished a book just two days before his murder on the very issues at the heart of the attacks: blasphemy, Islamophobia, and the necessary courage of satirists.
Here, published for the first time in English, is Charb's final work. A searing criticism of hypocrisy and racism, and a rousing, eloquent defense of free speech, Open Letter shows Charb's words to be as powerful and provocative as his art. This is an essential book about race, religion, the voice of ethnic minorities and majorities in a pluralistic society, and above all, the right to free expression and the surprising challenges being leveled at it in our fraught and dangerous time.
Read information about the authorPseudonym of Stéphane Charbonnier
Charb worked for many newspapers, Charlie Hebdo – which he edited from 2009 until his death in 2015 – L'Écho des savanes, Télérama, Fluide glacial and L'Humanité. His cartoons, which often feature Maurice et Patapon the anti-capitalist cat and dog, are caustic and irreverent. He also used to draw the character of Marcel Keuf, le flic in Fluide Glacial.
His rubric in the weekly Charlie Hebdo was titled Charb n'aime pas les gens (Charb does not like people).
He used to deliver a monthly chronic titled La fatwa de l'Ayatollah Charb (The Fatwa of the Ayatollah Charb) in the Fluide Glacial magazine. In 2007 and 2008, he also took part in the talk show T'empêches tout le monde de dormir hosted by Marc-Olivier Fogiel on M6 as a set cartoonist.
He was a long time supporter of the French Communist Party and the Left Front.
On 2 November 2011, Charlie Hebdo was firebombed right before its 3 November issue was due; the issue was called Sharia Hebdo and satirically featured the Prophet of Islam Muhammad as guest-editor. Charb and two co-workers at Charlie Hebdo subsequently received police protection.
In September 2012, a man was arrested in La Rochelle for allegedly having called for beheading of Charb at a Jihadist website.
Charb was placed on Al-Qaeda's most-wanted list in 2013 after editing an edition of Charlie Hebdo that satirised the prophet Muhammad.
Charb was killed, along with nine of his colleagues, in the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January 2015.
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