Philippe Val
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Charlie Hebdo staff held no prejudices, says ex-director

Satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was run by people "devoid of hate, of prejudice and was respectful of others", its former director and editor-in-chief has said.

Philippe Val, who headed the magazine between 1992 and 2009, described its work as "perfectly normal in a democracy" to BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis.

He praised its ability to discuss tragic subjects in a way that made readers laugh - a form of expression, he said, that the attackers hoped to eliminate.

  • 09 Jan 2015
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