Lawyer: Charlie Hebdo to feature Muhammad cartoons

2015-01-13 05:00
Martin Adams, holds a large pencil, during a rally in support of free expression and those killed during three days of violence in France. (Shoun A Hill, AP)

Martin Adams, holds a large pencil, during a rally in support of free expression and those killed during three days of violence in France. (Shoun A Hill, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Paris - This week's edition of Charlie Hebdo, put together by survivors of last week's newsroom massacre in Paris by Islamist gunmen, will defiantly feature caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, its lawyer said on Monday.

The special issue, to come out on Wednesday, will also be offered "in 16 languages" for readers around the world, one of its columnists, Patrick Pelloux, said.

Charlie Hebdo's lawyer, Richard Malka, told French radio the upcoming publication will "obviously" lampoon Muhammad - among other figures - to show staff will "cede nothing" to extremists seeking to silence them.

The two gunmen who slaughtered 12 people in their attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices last Wednesday, including five of its top cartoonists and three other staff members, claimed as they left the scene that they had "avenged the Prophet Muhammad.

That was a reference to the fury expressed in some Muslim countries over past Muhammad cartoons which Charlie Hebdo had printed.

The gunmen, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, claimed to belong to the jihadist group al-Qaeda in Yemen.

They were killed on Friday, as was an accomplice claiming affiliation to the rival Islamic State group, Amedy Coulibaly, in separate but coordinated French commando raids on sites in and near Paris where they had taken hostages.

In all 17 people and the three Islamist attackers were killed in three days of violence.

Charlie Hebdo's offices were firebombed without casualty in 2011 when it published cartoons lampooning Prophet Muhammad. 

Its staff has been receiving death threats from radical Muslims since 2006, when it reprinted Muhammad cartoons by a Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten in the name of freedom of expression.

The surviving Charlie Hebdo staff have since Friday been working out of the offices of another French newspaper, Liberation, with equipment loaned by other media organisations. Their own blood-soaked offices remain sealed by police, with the entrance covered with flowers, pencils and candles in tribute to the dead.

The 44-year-old newspaper has always sought to break taboos with its provocative cartoons on all religions, current events and prominent personalities.

It had been sliding towards bankruptcy before the attack against it. It used to typically sell only half of the 60 000 copies it printed weekly.

But since gaining worldwide notoriety in the past few days, it has earned pledges of support from the French government and media groups.

One million copies of this week's special "survivors' issue" are to be printed, with many of them to be made available outside of France.

It will be created "only by people from Charlie Hebdo", its financial director, Eric Portheault, told AFP. Offered contributions, notably from cartoonists in France and other countries, were declined.

Read more on:    france  |  paris shooting

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.