Charlie Hebdo puts Prophet Muhammad Cartoon on cover
Posted January 13, 2015on:
Charlie Hebdo puts Mohammed Cartoon on cover
PARIS: French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo defied the attackers in last week’s bloodbath by putting a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammed on its next cover, as the government on Monday announced the deployment of 10,000 soldiers to boost security.
The weekly released the front page of what it called the “survivors’ issue”, due out Wednesday, featuring a crying Muhammed in a white turban and holding a sign that reads “Je suis Charlie” under the words: “All is forgiven”.
The issue will be the first since two Islamist gunmen stormed Charlie Hebdo’s Paris office on January 7 and massacred 12 people, saying they were taking revenge for previous publications of Muhammed cartoons considered deeply offensive to many Muslims.
In a further show of defiance, the magazine announced it would print three million copies not the usual 60,000 when it reappears on newsstands this week.
“We will not give in otherwise all this won’t have meant anything,” Richard Malka told France Info radio on Monday, which broadcast from the magazine’s heavily guarded temporary offices at Lib￩ration newspaper.
“Humour without self-deprecation isn’t humour. We mock ourselves, politicians, religions, it’s a state of mind you need to have.”
While the publishers are sending a bold message that they will not be cowed by violence, they are likely to provoke further anger among Muslims.
An initial batch of 1 million copies will be available on Wednesday and Thursday, said Michel Salion, a spokesman for MPL, which distributes Charlie Hebdo. A further two million could then be printed depending on demand.
“We have requests for 300,000 copies throughout the world – and demand keeps rising by the hour,” he said.
“The million will go. As of Thursday, the decision will probably be taken to print extra copies … So we’ll have one million, plus two if necessary.”
Seventeen people, including journalists and police, were killed in three days of violence that began on January 7 when terrorists burst into Charlie Hebdo’s office during a regular editorial meeting and shot dead five of its leading cartoonists.
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