In an opinion piece published just hours after 12 people were killed in the Paris assault, Tony Barber said that "Charlie Hebdo has a long record of mocking, baiting and needling French Muslims," adding: “France is the land of Voltaire, but too often editorial foolishness has prevailed at Charlie Hebdo."
“This is not in the slightest to condone the murderers, who must be caught and punished, or to suggest that freedom of expression should not extend to satirical portrayals of religion," he wrote. "It is merely to say that some common sense would be useful at publications such as Charlie Hebdo, and Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten, which purport to strike a blow for freedom when they provoke Muslims, but are actually just being stupid.”
Three gunmen targeted the newspaper’s headquarters on Wednesday morning, killing 12, including 10 journalists. The attackers, who were filmed fleeing the scene, remain at large, though a manhunt is underway by French authorities. World leaders were quick to condemn the attack, while badges proclaiming "Je suis Charlie" were posted online and across social media.
In response to the opinion, piece, the Financial Times was inundated with comments, many of them highly critical of the editor.
One commenter wrote: "This article is appalling in its insensitivity to those who were killed and injured in today's horrific and totally unjustifiable attack," reads one comment. "Although the author states that he does not condone the murders, he is, by writing that the staff at the magazine lacked common-sense, insinuating that the victims brought this on themselves. Shocking and shameful."
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09/01/2015 18:03 GMT
Dammartin hostage was "hiding in cardboard box"
The hostage with the Kouachi brothers who were suspects the Paris magazine massacre was "hiding in a cardboard box" according to a French journalist - and the gunmen reportedly didn't even know he was there.
Dammartin hostage was reportedly hiding in cardboard box, informing security forces. Kouachi brothers didn't know he was there #CharlieHebdo— aurore cloé dupuis (@aurorecloe) January 9, 2015
09/01/2015 17:54 GMT
Second unknown male gunman in Kosher supermarket siege may have escaped
The second gunmen from the siege at a Kosher supermarket in Paris may have escaped, according to local sources.
Suspected gunman Amedy Coulibaly is reported to have been killled, but police believe from CCTV that there was a second hostage-taker in the shop who is not yet accounted for.
Update - French media report second gunman in kosher grocery in eastern #Paris was unknown male and has escaped as hostage situation ends— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) January 9, 2015
Hayat Boumeddiene, the woman suspected of attacking and killing a police officer in Paris yesterday with Coulibaly, is not thought to have been to in the grocery.
09/01/2015 17:38 GMT
Cameron is joining European leaders at a Charlie Hebdo rally this weekend
I've accepted President Hollande's invitation to join the Unity Rally in Paris this Sunday - celebrating the values behind #CharlieHebdo.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 9, 2015
09/01/2015 17:30 GMT
Police confirm four casualties in grocery store
At least four people, including the attacker, have died at a kosher grocery store in Paris where a gunman took several hostages, police officials said.
Police officers were thought to be among those hurt, although their conditions were unclear.
The Elysee Palace said President Francois Hollande will address the nation before 7pm.
The BBC reported that a woman who was held hostage while shopping in the store had told a relative by phone that there were more than two people killed there - in fact she had said there were five people dead.
09/01/2015 17:12 GMT
Hayat Boumedienne, the second suspect in Paris hostage-taking, has escaped - police union official
Hayat Boumedienne, the second suspect in the killing of the French policewoman on Thursday, has not been killed or apprehended, according to police sources and Reuters news agency.
There was no confirmation that she was at the scene at the kosher store where her partner, or ex-partner, Amédy Coulibaly, was killed as he held more than five hostages.
09/01/2015 17:04 GMT
The aftermath of the assault in Dammartin
09/01/2015 17:00 GMT
Reuters - Four dead in kosher supermarket siege
Tragic news coming out of eastern Paris, at least four hostages are dead in the grocery store, according to police sources.
09/01/2015 16:52 GMT
Pictures of the hostages leaving the kosher supermarket
Members of the French police special forces attend to hostages and one of their colleagues lying on the ground after they launched the assault at a kosher grocery