A B-BBC reader notes..

“BBC News of the firebombing of the French satirical magazine ommited photographs of the offending article even though Le Monde covered them on its front page. BBC’s HYS moderated out attempt to publish links to le Monde. Here is the BBC photo with appropriate black line over the newspaper picture and a few words indicating that the perpetrators were not the good muslims.”

On, and here is the image the BBC are too scared to print..


Police outside Charlie Hebdo offices (Feb 2006)
It’s been interesting observing the BBC coverage of the overnight firebombing of the offices of French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”.

The offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have been destroyed by a petrol bomb, French police say. It comes a day after the publication named the Prophet Muhammad as its “editor-in-chief” for its next issue.Its cover carried a caricature of the Prophet making a facetious comment. The magazine said the move was intended to “celebrate” the victory of an Islamist party in last month’s Tunisian elections. Charlie Hebdo’s editor is quoted as saying: “We no longer have a newspaper. All our equipment has been destroyed.”

The BBC angle seems to be that these French satirists brought it on themselves being deliberately provocative. No discussion as to who carried out the fire-bombing. Perhaps “youths” from Les Banlieus? We’l never know. The website of the magazine has also been hacked, with a message in English and Turkish, left on it. (Not French, entertainingly!). Again, no real examination as to WHO was behind this.

It seems that the BBC accepts that Islamists have the right to raze to the ground any building and destroy any company that dares make fun of Mohammed. Not only that but it seeks to place responsibility on the victims of Islamic intolerance.