French paper to publish comic on Mohammed

2012-12-30 20:05

Paris - A French weekly known for publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed to the ire of conservative Muslims said on Sunday it plans to release a comic book biography of Islam's founder that will be researched and educational.

Satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has on several occasions depicted Islam's prophet in an effort to defend free speech and defy the anger of Muslims who believe depicting Mohammed is sacrilegious.

"It is a biography authorised by Islam since it was edited by Muslims," said Charlie Hebdo's publisher and the comic's illustrator, who goes by the name Charb.

"I don't think higher Muslim minds could find anything inappropriate," Charb said.

The biography will be published on Wednesday and was put together by a Franco-Tunisian researcher known only as Zineb, Charb said.

The publisher said the idea for the comic book came to him in 2006 when a newspaper in Denmark published cartoons of Mohammed, later republished by Charlie Hebdo, drawing angry protests across the Muslim world.

"Before having a laugh about a character, it's better to know him. As much as we know about the life of Jesus, we know nothing about Mohammed," Charb said.

In September Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of a naked Mohammed as violent protests were taking place in several countries over a low-budget film made in the United States that insults the prophet.

In 2011 Charlie Hebdo's offices were hit by a firebomb and its website pirated after publishing an edition titled "Charia Hebdo" featuring several Mohammed cartoons.

Charb, who has received death threats, lives under police protection.

  • avremel.niselow - 2012-12-30 20:19

    Very brave, hire some good bodyguards. They'll be after you.

      douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-30 20:25

      This is plainly provocative, we all know these people will take it seriously and go ballistic. The french paper must take full responsibility for any deaths because of this.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-30 21:36

      The problem is that by bowing to their violence you are suppressing free speech and effectively implementing sharia law by banning apostasy(punishable by death in many countries).

      nervern - 2012-12-30 22:36

      I'm all for free speech...would die fighting for it than live on my knees.

      Doorboot - 2012-12-30 23:26

      Yes it is noble to risk life for the principle of freedom of speech, only pity is that it is not their own lives. Rather hypocritical...

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-12-31 01:27

      Well no more French kisses and French fries I guess.

      Heibrin - 2012-12-31 01:39

      @douglas: if not for things being provocative the world would have gone to standstill a long, long time ago; What you're saying is akin to woman must not wear mini-skirts because it's provocative and is therefore the reason they are raped. Grow up, anyone who resorts to violence to bring their point across / make their displeasure known is a ingrate moron.

      flysouth - 2012-12-31 10:43

      The newspaper is brave to do this and is defending a vital pillar of freedom which is free speech. Wherever Islam is practiced as the majority religion, there is no free speech and no freedom. Just as wars have been fought to destroy tyrannical regimes, so the war against the tyrannical strictures of Islam have to fought, particularly in view of the fact that there has for decades been a strong effort by followers of Islam to propagate that religion throughout the world to replace other religions. To paraphrase the philosopher Voltaire: "I may disagree with everything you say but will defend to the death your right to say it!"

  • archangel.zerachiel - 2012-12-30 20:25

    YOU GO, BOY!!!!! Don't let those islamists scare you off.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-12-30 21:03

    This is going to be interesting. After this they will be demanding sharia law for France!

      jan.vanniekerk.52 - 2012-12-31 07:12

      If it's "authorised" they already did get scared off. Does this work of historical fiction include murders, rape, betrayal of promise and adultery, or is it a sanitised haggiography?

      bommel.later - 2012-12-31 08:31

      @jan.vanniekerk.52> I think you might have misread. It's actually a comic strip on The Prophet, PBUH. It has nothing to do with the Crusades as you seem to think.

  • nervern - 2012-12-30 22:38

    Great stuff...sooooo proud of you France.

      tom.poe.12 - 2012-12-31 17:01

      Hypocrites.....its against the law to deny the severity of the Holocaust buts its okay to insult and offend peoples religions, beliefs etc.

  • vernon12345 - 2012-12-31 00:02

    More people are going to. Really this is stupid

      vanessa.louw.908 - 2012-12-31 07:45

      Atheitis... A jewish atheist?

      tom.poe.12 - 2012-12-31 17:05

      @ picked on Chistianity and Islam only.......interesting.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-12-31 01:21

    If it can be destroyed with truth - it must!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-31 05:52

    We all know that Muslims take their religion very seriously. To many of them islam is the cornerstone of their lives and they are willing to die for that cause. In the past these provocations have caused riots and people have died. What is to be gained by provoking them? If as a result the offices of that french paper are suicide bombed they will show some respect but cry foul. Why create a problem just to be in the spotlight?

      danny.levin.33 - 2012-12-31 06:57

      Douglas, the problem is that indeed (like all here are predicting) a publication like that will cause a huge uproar amongst the muslims and send them in violence and murder spree to protest it. It is sad that no one in the whole global muslim community is willing to stand up and protest the wholesale slaughter of muslims by their own government in Syria. each one can draw his own conclusions.

      vanessa.louw.908 - 2012-12-31 07:41

      @dannylevin, you r obviously bitter with muslims(ps am not a moslem) but try b objective. Freedom of speech doesnt mean liberty to insult! Why does any1 have to twist that right! @danny just bcs sm stupid country like iran talkd bad bt ur people does that ok Hebdo to provoke billion ppl?

      tom.poe.12 - 2012-12-31 17:08

      @ danny.levin.33 You lie......Muslims have in fact condemned the wholesale slaughter of Muslims by the Syrian government. Mainstream media reports are that certain Gulf countries are supplying small arms to the Syrian Resistance.

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-12-31 06:14

    Disgusted ! Why do some idiotic cartoonists stir up controversy ? ...denigrating and insulting muslims ? Instead , make cartoons of jews and so called holocaust ,then see uproar

      danny.levin.33 - 2012-12-31 07:01

      Rashida, books like you are asking for in your post are abundant in countries like Iran, where the president denies that the holocaust even happened. (thank you for acknowledging it BTW). The existence of these books and the utterance of good old mahmud have not sent the western or Jewish world into murder sprees. Can I ask you why you are not disgusted by the mass murder of muslims in Syria?

      graham.v.ferreira - 2012-12-31 08:03

      Yea Rashida lets wipe out Israel and all those infidels who stand in the way of the Muslim Empire and then all those false Muslims who stand in the way of Muslim law. Lets reconquer Spain and Portugal and Turkey and Albania ans Croatia and restore the Ottoman Empire across all Europe and Africa and Asia then we just have to deal with America and China.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-12-31 16:12

      err the holocaust cartoons have already been done by Iran and the response by international Jewry was civilized and not one incidence of violence or even threats of violence.....try again Rashida.

      tom.poe.12 - 2012-12-31 17:11

      @ Rashida Patel.......its illegal in Europe to question the facts sorrounding the Holocaust.

  • vanessa.louw.908 - 2012-12-31 07:56

    WATCH OUT, for Israelis atheitis and danny.levin spewing out hate against the moslems, suddenly talkin bt halacausts and nazis! WTF? Be objective! And ps. Am gna say it again am not a moslem.

      danny.levin.33 - 2012-12-31 08:02

      Vannessa, where did I spew hatered? I have merely pointed out at facts: 1. Iran's [resident has publicly denied that the holocaust existed. 2. each previous publication that mocked Islam has led to outbursts of violence and muder of inocent people at the hands of irate muslims. 3. no one in the muslim world seems to have a problem with more than 45000 (that we know of) civilians murdered in Syria. The subject of the holocaust was brought up by Rashida (plesae read all related posts before forming an opinion)

      vanessa.louw.908 - 2012-12-31 08:09

      My point exactly! Why come dance when muslims are attacked. Ahmedinijad is a moron, who cares what he says. I just hate attack on ppls beliefs judaism or islam.

      tom.poe.12 - 2012-12-31 17:15

      @ danny.levin.33 Again you LIE....... 1. Iran's president questioned the severity of the Holocaus....not its existance. 2. the bulk of the people who lost their lives after the cartoon saga were Muslim protestors shot and beaten by their own countrymen soldires defending foriegn Embassies. 3. The Muslim world has condemned the killing of 45000 Muslims in Syria. Turkey, UAE are very vocal and active etc.

  • Faizal - 2012-12-31 08:24

    He must be called savior of humanity.I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world,he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much peace and happiness.George Bernard Shaw.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-31 08:56

    Try doing a comic strip on Jesus in the USA bible belt or a comic on God in Israel. It will cause controversy. Papers should rather do comics on celebs, problem is they might get sued.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-31 08:58

      It will cause controversy but not bombings or random killings of the compatriots of the cartoonist. That is the fundamental difference.

      Faizal - 2012-12-31 10:12

      Avremel.was there no islamophobic attacks after 911 on innocent muslims in the states?

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-31 10:22

      How can you compare the publishing of a cartoon to the killing of 3000 people? The one is free speech, the other is mass murder.

      Faizal - 2012-12-31 17:07

      Avmeral.oh so if a christian kills muslims are all innocent christians guilty?so the islamaphobic attack were justified on the innocent muslims?I c u didn't get my point!

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-31 17:19

      I do not justify punishing groups however their anger was far more understandable considering the number of Americans killed and the celebrations in many Islamic countries that followed. On the other hand attacking people for not following Sharia law is crazy, these cartoons do not necessarily insult Mohammed, they merely depict him.

      Faizal - 2012-12-31 21:00 cannot compare our love for the prophet muhammed peace be upon him to any material thing.may my parents my children my wealth and my life be sacrificed for him and if any picture of him no matter what it tries to depict is blasphemy according to our belief then we ask that this be we do not or never show disrespect to jesus or moses peace be upon them all so we ask that everybody else does the same.also no matter what the reason there is no excuse for the murder of innocents so I am still in slight disagreement with you regarding the aftermath of 911.

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-31 21:33

      Nice try a Syrian Imam just called Jews pigs and dogs. Do you agree that it is wrong to kill people who merely draw your prophet?

      avremel.niselow - 2012-12-31 21:41

      Look at recent event in Nigeria or Saudi Arabia where celebrating Christmas will get you arrested or Iran which just arrested a priest for not sending his children to Islamic education. Compared to this the publication of a cartoon is nothing but the exercise of freedom of speech.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-12-31 09:01

    I'm amazed at some of the comments. This will be an authorized version, meaning that Muslims will dictate the content. Nothing but a cheap add for Islam

  • - 2012-12-31 10:24

    These journalists/ cartoonists are lacking intelligence and creativity. By reacting to these senseless cartoons, you are giving them exactly what they want. Just ignore (as hard as it may be) and it will eventually go away.

  • nisar.tiseker - 2012-12-31 10:47

    Ignorance is Bliss :-& Depicting any prophet of any religion in a bad light is simply attention seeking and looking for trouble, in fact it is anti-semetic yet they do not know .......

  • tom.poe.12 - 2012-12-31 16:58

    Is it the Freedom of Expression that these Newspapers fight for OR is it the Freedom to Insult? I am all for the Freedom of Expression but not when it insults or encroaches on another persons beliefs or sensitivities.

      vanessa.louw.908 - 2012-12-31 18:16

      Tom you said it perfectly and objectively

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