Inside Charlie Hebdo’s new edition

2015-01-14 12:19

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A week ago, few outside Paris had ever heard of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

But on Wednesday January 7, two masked gunmen stormed into the magazine’s offices in the French capital and killed 12 people – among them many of Charlie Hebdo’s staff and two police officers.

Suddenly the world knew all about Charle Hebdo; millions declared: “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) in solidarity with ideas of freedom of speech and expression.

Millions, too, have criticised the magazine for its depictions of religious figures such as Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. It’s these depictions that, it is thought, led to the attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices.

Today, three million copies of the magazine were being delivered across France. Usually its print run is 60 000 copies.

The new edition has drawn ire and criticism for its cover, which depicts the Prophet Muhammad holding up a sign that reads “Je suis Charlie”.

Britain’s The Telegraph reported earlier this week that Charlie Hebdo’s lawyer had said the new edition would “naturally” contain cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad alongside jibes against politicians and religions across the board.

Richard Malka told France Info radio: “We will not give in otherwise all this won’t have meant anything.

“Humour without self-deprecation isn’t humour. We mock ourselves, politicians, religions; it’s a state of mind you need to have. The Charlie state of mind is the right to blaspheme,” Malka said.

Through the Global Editors Network, Charlie Hebdo has offered its cover and its centre spread for republication on websites and in newspapers around the world.

City Press today reproduces the magazine’s centre spread, which uses cartoons to reflect some of the global reactions to the January 7 shootings.

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