Google is donating €250,000 to Charlie Hebdo

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In a gesture of support following yesterday’s attack, Google is said to be donating a hefty amount to the satirical French magazine.

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According to Business Insider, the company will be donating €250,000 out of its “press innovation fund” to support the magazine – which is still planning publication next week, despite the tragedy.

The fund was originally started back in 2011 to placate the French government and French publishers, unhappy with Google News seemingly destroying their business model.

Charlie Hebdo is said to be planning a print run of 1m copies next week – up from the usual 60,000. We still expect it will sell out, and rightly so.

James O’Malley