Earlier this week, Charlie Hebdo management summoned French-Moroccan journalist Zineb El Rhazoui to a “preliminary meeting” to “remind her of her minimum obligations toward her employer following numerous incidents.”
The incidents in question were not specified and the magazine’s management has declined media requests to provide details.
In interviews with the French press, El Rhazoui, a well-known journalist who emerged as a leading voice for the magazine after the January 7 attack on Charlie Hebdo, has expressed her shock over the summons.
“I am shocked and appalled that a management that has received so much support after the January attacks could show so little support for one of its employees, who is under pressure like everyone in the team and has faced threats,” El Rhazoui told leading French daily Le Monde.
A sociologist and journalist who has written outspoken articles criticising Islamic fundamentalism, El Rhazoui’s work includes a collaboration on the anthology, “The Life of Muhammed,” with the late editor of Charlie Hebdo, Stéphane Charbonnier, popularly known as “Charb.” The 47-year-old Charlie Hebdo editor was one of 12 people gunned down at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris on January 7.