The threats came to the editorial office of the French regional newspaper La Nouvelle République after the publication of a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. This was announced on Wednesday, October 21, by Christophe Erigo, editor-in-chief of the newspaper, in an interview with BFMTV.
The cartoon was published on the front page a few days after the assassination of teacher Samuel Patit in a suburb of Paris.
According to Erigo, the publication received a huge audience response. At the same time, 99.99% of the feedback, which was mainly received in social networks, was positive, but some contained threats against the editorial office.
The journalist assured that with this publication the newspaper did not want to provoke anyone, but only to “say no” to violence and support freedom of speech and republican values of France. He stressed that the newspaper had always respected everyone’s “beliefs and spirituality”.
After threats appeared, the editors decided to file a complaint, he added.
According to the Europe1 TV channel, there were threatening warnings in the messages addressed to the editorial office, “beware of the flames” and “we warned you. The Shatoru City Prosecutor’s Office has begun investigating the incident.
Murder of professor of history of Conflant-Saint-Honorin College Samuel Patit became known on October 16: allegedly, the reason for murder was caricatures of prophet Mohammed which were shown by the teacher in early October during one of lectures on the topic of freedom of speech and opinions.
Law enforcers liquidated the attacker who had Chechen origin and received refugee status in France.