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French Outlets Rally Around Charlie Hebdo To Print 1 Million Copies

A man holds a cartoon as people gather on Union Square January 7, 2015 in New York in memory of the victims of the attack on
A man holds a cartoon as people gather on Union Square January 7, 2015 in New York in memory of the victims of the attack on the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris. US President Barack Obama condemned the 'cowardly, evil' assault on a French satirical newspaper that left 12 dead, pledging US assistance to Paris to bring the attackers to justice. AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

French news outlets and journalists will strive to ensure that Charlie Hebdo is not silenced by terror.

Gunmen targeted the satirical newspaper's Paris offices Wednesday, killing 12 people, including the editor and chief cartoonist. But, despite the horrific threat to press freedom, the paper will continue to publish.

In a joint statement released Thursday, Radio France, Le Monde and France Televisions pledged to provide assistance:

"Faced with horror, Radio France, Le Monde and France Televisions announce they are willing to provide Charlie Hebdo and its team with as much human and material resources as necessary to ensure Charlie Hebdo continues to stand.

The three media groups invite all French media, which has been mobilized all morning, to join them in an effort to preserve the principles of independence, freedom of thought and freedom of speech -- safeguards of democracy."

Some one million copies of the newspaper will print next week, according to Le Monde. (Average circulation for the magazine is estimated at 45,000 copies.)

The Digital Innovation Press Fund, which is backed by Google, is donating €250,000 (about $300,000) to Charlie Hebdo.

"We are all suffering, with grief, with fear," said Charlie Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux, "but we will do it anyway because stupidity will not win."

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