Google is donating nearly $300,000 to Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo

Update: Mashable reports that more donations are coming in to help Charlie Hebdo. The French government is pledging about $1.2 million, while Guardian Media Group is pitching in another $150,000, and a crowdfunding campaign has already raised close to $75,000.

Following the horriifc attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s offices, where gunmen killed 12 people including key staff, Google is donating €250,000 (roughly $300,000) to support the publication, reports The Guardian.

The donation comes through the Digital Press Fund in France, and is being paid for by Google. It should help sustain Charlie Hebdo in the wake of the attack, and also enable the weekly to push ahead with its upcoming print run of 1 million copies (up from its usual run of 60,000 copies).

Other organizations are also lending a hand. French media groups like Le Monde, France Télévisions and Radio France are reportedly working to match Google’s donation, and the two groups that distribute Charlie Hebdo’s papers will not charge a fee for next week’s issue.

➤ Charlie Hebdo staff vow to print 1m copies as French media support grows [The Guardian]

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