Locals turn to online site to read 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine

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New Delhi, Jan 21: Keen to read the French weekly 'Charlie Hebdo,' locals here are turning to online sites like eBay to source copies of the satirical magazine, which are not available in India. Interest in the publication peaked after the terror attack on the offices of Paris-based magazine killed 12 people, including four of its cartoonists on January 7.

A special "survivors" edition of the French tabloid, which was brought out last Wednesday, went "out of stock" within minutes of publication in France. "The magazine came to my notice only after the killings. The social media is so active today that an incident in one continent can reach another in seconds. The attack on the magazine's journalists was brutal," says 24-year-old Delhi-based engineer Karishma Malhotra.

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Malhotra says she plans to order the 'survivors issue' online through eBay for which she has to spend a little over Rs 1,700. The 'Charlie Hebdo' issue 'No. 1178 14 January 2015' is available on eBay starting from Rs 1,728.35 and continues upto Rs 4,095. Students in colleges and schools say they would also like to read the weekly.

"I read about the attack and the magazine editorial's decision to come up with its new controversial edition, which was a matter of human interest," says Delhi-based student Samiksha Sharma. "I searched for it and inquired about the availability of the issues at prominent stands in the city but the shopkeepers refused. The weekly was never available in India. Authorities dealing with the distribution should take a note of it," she says.

According to media reports, French press distribution company MLP said that the new Charlie Hebdo issue will be available in many countries that previously never received the weekly, including Australia — where strong demand was reported — and in India, where there are around 170 million Muslims.

PTI

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