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Charlie Hebdo accused of hypocrisy after suspending journalist Zineb El Rhazoui

Published 15/05/2015

Members of the public show solidarity for Charlie Hebdo in the wake of the France terror attacks
Members of the public show solidarity for Charlie Hebdo in the wake of the France terror attacks

The magazine Charlie Hebdo has been accused of hypocrisy after it suspended a French-Moroccan journalist who has received death threats for her articles attacking Islamic extremism.

Zineb El Rhazoui said that she has been suspended and called to a possible dismissal hearing for an unspecified “serious fault”. She accused the  management of trying to “punish” her for joining a protest against the way that the magazine had been run since the murderous jihadist attack on its office four months ago.

Ms El Rhazoui said that she was “shocked and scandalised” that a magazine which had received so much worldwide support since the terrorist attack on 7 January “should demonstrate so little solidarity with one of its one employees…who is under threat of murder”.

“My husband lost his job and had to leave Morocco because the jihadists revealed his workplace. I am under threat and having to live with friends or in a hotel and the management is thinking of firing me. Bravo Charlie,” she said.

Ms El Rhazoui, a sociologist and journalist who has written outspoken articles attacking  Islamic fundamentalism, was one of  15 Charlie Hebdo writers, editors and cartoonists who wrote an open letter criticising the magazine’s owners and management in late March.         

The dissidents said that they feared that the fiercely left wing and anti-religious Charlie Hebdo might succumb to the “poison of the millions” of euros that had flowed into its coffers since 12 people died in jihadist attack in Paris in January. They called for the magazine to become a “cooperative” and asked for its new found riches to be placed in a trust to guarantee the magazines’ survival for “30 years”.

An unnamed spokesman for Charlie Hebdo told the newspaper Le Monde that there were no plans to fire Ms El Rhazoui. She had been suspended and called to an “interview” to remind her of her “responsibilities”.

Another Charlie Hebdo writer, Patrick Pelloux, a doctor who writes on health subjects, accused the magazine’s management of hypocrisy. “We are all still trying to cope with life after the attack,” he said. “It is nasty and unfair to call a disciplinary meeting for a member of staff  who is still suffering incredibly… “

“It is paradoxical that the magazine receives prizes for freedom of expression while disciplining a journalist whose life is under threat”.   

Another unnamed Charlie Hebdo journalist told Le Monde that Ms El Rhazoui was known for her “loud mouth” but she had “exposed herself to danger for years”.

The two gunmen brandishing assault rifles on a Paris street after their attack on the magazine offices
The two gunmen brandishing assault rifles on a Paris street after their attack on the magazine offices
French riot officers patrol in Longpont, north of Paris, France, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Scattered gunfire and explosions shook France on Thursday as its frightened yet defiant citizens held a day of mourning for 12 people slain at a Paris newspaper. French police hunted down the two heavily armed brothers suspected in the massacre to make sure they don't strike again. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Masked gunman run towards a victim of their gun fire outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (AP Photo)
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Said Kouachi (left) and Cherif Kouachi, the two prime suspects in the Paris terror attack
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Mourners hold signs depicting victim's eyes during a rally in support of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper that fell victim to an terrorist attack, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Union Square in New York. French officials say 12 people were killed when masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the periodical that had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourners attend a rally in support of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper that fell victim to an terrorist attack, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Union Square in New York. French officials say 12 people were killed when masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the periodical that had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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French soldiers patrols next to the Eiffel Tower after a shooting at a French satirical newspaper, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. France reinforced security at houses of worship, stores, media offices and transportation after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Police officers arrive at the scene after gunmen stormed a French newspaper, killing at least 12 peoplet, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
People hold up pens and posters reading 'I am Charlie' in French as they take part in a vigil of people, including many who were French, to show solidarity with those killed in an attack at the Paris offices of weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Trafalgar Square, London, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a weekly newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, methodically killing 12 people Wednesday, including the editor, before escaping in a car. It was France's deadliest postwar terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A French soldier patrols at the Montparnasse railway station in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. France reinforced security at houses of worship, stores, media offices and transportation after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
French forensic experts and Police officers examine evidence outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 12 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Forensic experts examine the car believed to have been used as the escape vehicle by gunmen who attacked the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo)
A bullet impact is seen in a window of a building next to the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 12 people, including the paper's editor, before escaping in a getaway car. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
People hug each other outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
French soldiers patrols at the Eiffel Tower after a shooting at a French satirical newspaper, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. France reinforced security at houses of worship, stores, media offices and transportation after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
French President Francois Hollande, center, flanked with security forces gestures, as he arrives outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Remy De La Mauviniere)
An injured person is transported to an ambulance after a shooting, at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 07: Signs saying 'Je suis Charlie' are held up as crowds gather at 'Place de la Republique' for a vigil following the terrorist attack earlier today on January 7, 2015 in Paris, France. Twelve people were killed, including two police officers, as two gunmen opened fire at the offices of the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 07: People hold signs saying 'Je suis Charlie' as crowds gather at 'Place de la Republique' for a vigil following the terrorist attack earlier today on January 7, 2015 in Paris, France. Twelve people were killed, including two police officers, as two gunmen opened fire at the offices of the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 07: People light candles on a Charlie Hebdo Magazine during a gathering of people showing their support for the victims of the terrorist attack at French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in front of the Consulate of France on January 7, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Twelve people were killed, including two police officers, as two gunmen opened fire at the magazine offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 07: People gather showing their support for the victims of the terrorist attack at French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in front of the Consulate of France on January 7, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Twelve people were killed, including two police officers, as two gunmen opened fire at the magazine offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 07: Police officers evacuate dead bodies at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Nicolas Appert street on January 7, 2015 in Paris, France. Armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving twelve dead, including two police officers, according to French officials. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 07: Ambulances and police officers gather in front of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015 in Paris, France. Armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving twelve dead, including two police officers, according to French officials. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 07: Ambulances and police officers gather in front of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015 in Paris, France. Armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving twelve dead, including two police officers, according to French officials. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 07: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C) arrives at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015 in Paris, France. Armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving twelve dead, including two police officers, according to French officials. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 07: Ambulances and police officers gather in front of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015 in Paris, France. Armed gunmen stormed the offices leaving twelve dead, including two police officers, according to French officials. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
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Amongst other things she had collaborated on a satirical book “The Life of Mohamed,” with the magazine’s late editor, Stephane Charbonnier (Charb), who was killed by the Kouachi brohers when they attacked the magazine on 7 January.

“I am very surprised by (what the management is doing),” the journalist said. “For a magazine like Charlie, it’s incredible. It’s brutal.”

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