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Charlie Hebdo gets over US$300,000 from Google and The Guardian

Sam Shead | Jan. 12, 2015
Charlie Hebdo needs as much support as possible to minimise the impact of this week's attacks on its business operations.

Google is donating US$300,000 (£200,000) to Charlie Hebdo to keep the French satirical magazine in operation following the attack on its headquarters this week, which resulted in 12 people losing their lives, including eight journalists.

The Silicon Valley tech giant's pledge, being made through the Digital Press Fund in France, will be matched by French media organisations such as Le Monde, France Tlvisions and Radio France, according to The Guardian.

Ludovic Blecher, the director of Google IPWA Fund for Digital Innovation, told the Guardian that there are a large number of uncoordinated efforts being made to support Charlie Hebdo following the attack.

"We are a fund for the press," he said. "We must enable them to be able to write, even if we don't agree, it's a question of diversity of speech."

He added: "The fund is trying to figure out a way to provide a financial support to Charlie Hebdo. We're working on a process in order to find an exceptional answer to an exceptional situation. The role of the fund is to help the press. We're playing our role. But we are still working on the technical process."

The Guardian itself said it will donate £100,000, according to a Tweet from editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger.

Guardian Media Group has pledged £100k donation to Charlie Hebdo to help ensure it's not silenced. Google giving $300k

The funding should help the French weekly to push ahead with its upcoming print run of one million copies, a significant increase on its usual run of 60,000 copies.

It's understood that next week's edition of Charlie Hebdo will be distributed free of charge.

Google, one of the wealthiest tech companies in the world, donates millions to charities and other initiatives around the world on an annual basis, along with many of the leading tech companies around the world.

 

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