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Egypt's El-Sisi condemns 'terrorist attack' on French magazine

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi condemns attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, calling for coordinated international efforts to confront terrorism

Ahram Online , Thursday 8 Jan 2015
Egypt's president Abd EL-Fattah El-Sisi in an interview with Reuters when he was still a presidential candidate in May 2014. (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi condemned Wednesday the "terrorist attack" on a French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left at least 12 people dead, voicing Cairo's solidarity with France and underlining that the fight against terrorism is a global concern. 

In a condolence letter sent to his French counterpart Francois Hollande, El-Sisi "expressed the Egyptian people and government's condemnation of the terrorist act that the French capital Paris witnessed today," a statement by his office said.


Earlier Wednesday, hooded gunmen shouting an Islamist rallying cry stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, killing at least 12 people in France's worst militant attack in decades. A number of the weekly's prominent editors and cartoonists were among the victims.


The Egyptian leader offered his condolences to the victims' families and the injured, saying "terrorism is an international phenomenon that should be confronted and eradicated through joint international efforts."


Charlie Hebdo stirred controversy in the past for its satirical attacks on religious and political leaders and its publishing of numerous cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammed.

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09-01-2015 05:41pm
Freedom of Expression
I wish the Western media would learn from its own history … Many years ago they’ve portrayed images and cartoons offensive to the Jewish faith, almost in every county in Europe. After concerted efforts by the Jewish community (none was violent) the media retreated from publishing any anti-Jewish material, and it is even illegal in a few western countries to do so with jail being the punishment. Why now it’s acceptable for the same media to publish anti-Muslim material, knowing well that it offends the Muslim community. The answer obviously is to sell more papers, sighting freedom of expression as the noble cause, it’s not. It’s greed at the expense of society, and even lives in some cases. Unfortunately violence sells, and no cheaper way to insight violence than offending 1 Billion people, were inevitably, a few disturbed youth would act, helping to sell more paper.
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