The Minister of Culture Franck Riester announced on Tuesday, on the fifth anniversary of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, the creation of a “house of press cartoons and satirical cartoons” to “enhance” them, while “threats “hang over them in the world.
“This project, thought and wanted by Georges Wolinski, aims to design a meeting place allowing the creation, promotion and promotion of press cartoons and satirical cartoons as well as support for their creators”, announced the Minister.
A wish from Georges Wolinski
Franck Riester asked Vincent Monadé, whose mandate at the head of the National Book Center (CNL) will end soon, to present to him before the end of May “proposals allowing France to acquire this unique and singular place” .
“I have the conviction,” he added, “that we need a meeting place, training and exhibition dedicated to press cartoons and satirical cartoons as Georges Wolinski wanted” , cartoonist of Charlie Hebdo killed in the attack of January 7, 2015.
“Made to laugh and inform, often irreverent, cartoons in our societies are a powerful form of expression and creativity at the service of the independence of the media and therefore of the vitality of our democracies”, he said. valued.
Franck Riester notes “the recurring threats that continue to weigh on cartoonists around the world, the censorship they suffer or impose on themselves”. Ceremonies were held Tuesday in tribute to the 17 victims of the Charlie Hebdo, Montrouge and Hyper Cacher attacks in January 2015, the starting point for a wave of jihadist attacks in France.
Five years ago today, the jihadist brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi killed 11 people, including Wolinski, at the Paris headquarters of the satirical newspaper.