No more Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) comics, says Charlie Hebdo editor

Laurent Sourisseau's statement comes six months after an attack on magazine's office in Paris which left 16 dead


Web Desk July 20, 2015
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Six months after an attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, editor of the French satirical magazine has said he will no longer draw comics of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

"We have drawn Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to defend the principle that one can draw whatever they want. It is a bit strange though, we are expected to exercise a freedom of expression that no one dares to," Laurent Sourisseau said, during an interview with the Hamburg-based news magazine Stern.

Read: British Muslims protest Charlie Hebdo Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) cartoons

Souriseau’s statement comes six months after his magazine’s office came under a deadly attack that left 16 people dead.

However, Souriseau’s claimed that the magazine had done what it set out to do. “We’ve done our job. We have defended the right to caricature."

"We still believe that we have the right to criticise all religions," the editor said.

Further, the magazine’s editor, who owns 40 per cent of the company’s shares added, "The mistakes you could blame Islam for can be found in other religions."

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Sourisseau survived the deadly terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7 by playing dead.

Recalling the tragic event, the editor said: “When it was over, there was no sound. No complaints. No whining. That is when I understood that most were dead.”

Read: Charlie Hebdo wins 'Islamophobe of the Year' award

The deadly attack led by the militant Kouachi brothers in January left 16 dead after they raided the offices of Charlie Hebdo and took hostages at a kosher supermarket on the outskirts of Paris. The victims of the attack included the magazine’s late editor Stephane Charbonnier, nicknamed ‘Charb’.

This article originally appeared on Deutsche Welle.

COMMENTS (2)

Abdul Fauq | 5 years ago | Reply Finally, someone at the Charlie Hebdo has a moment of sanity! Hurting feelings of 1.6 million people of the world is no "freedom of Expression"--it's downright oppression. Common sense must prevail over literal sense. Why doesn't CH publish anti-Semitic or anti-Holocaust cartoons? Why doesn't CH publish child pornography promotion cartoons? Well, because these two will raise outcry from the worldwide people of conscience, doesn't it. Think about things that are similar in raising outrage, you will understand that not all "free expression" is legit or desirable. Common sense must prevail in responsible journalism!
Stewart J | 5 years ago | Reply Instead nearly all midwest states in the USA have an annual cartoon competition. The terrorists might have silenced Charlie but there are many others taking its place.
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