On 7 January 2015, 12 people were killed and 11 injured in an ISIS attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo. Both of the gunmen involved in the attack were shot dead by police officers two days later, following a hostage situation.

Charlie Hebdo is a satirical free speech magazine that started in Paris, France, in 1970. It ceased in 1981 but was relaunched in July 1992.

The magazine is published every Wednesday, with special editions issued on an unscheduled basis.

The attack by ISIS members was a response to satirical cartoons published in September 2012 about Muhammad, some of which featured nude caricatures of him.

Charlie Hebdo regard all religions as ideologies and argues that all are open to critique and ridicule.

Following the attack, the remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo published that week’s magazine and saw sales rise from 60,000 (the average at the time) to over 5 million. However, as time has passed, the circulation has fallen back to much closer to previous numbers.

‘Je Suis Charlie Hebdo’  was adopted almost immediately after the attack by supporters of free speech and became a rallying call to everyone to get behind Charlie Hebdo and all those who would not be cowered by acts of murder and intimidation. The focus became sending a message to terror groups that free speech would not be stifled by this or any other attack.

The website of Charlie Hebdo went offline shortly after the shooting, and when it returned, it bore the legend Je Suis Charlie on a black background.

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