Next Charlie Hebdo Cover to Feature Muhammad

French magazine will 'cede nothing' to terrorists, lawyer says
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2015 5:20 PM CST
Next Charlie Hebdo Cover to Feature Muhammad
A woman shows a banner reading “I am Charlie” during a demonstration in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday evening, Jan. 12, 2015.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Here we go again: The French magazine Charlie Hebdo will run an image of the Prophet Muhammad on its first cover since a terrorist attack on its office left 12 people dead, AFP reports via Yahoo News. It is "obviously" meant to lampoon Muhammad, says Hebdo lawyer Richard Malka, who adds that the magazine will "cede nothing" to terrorists. NPR reports that the cover, posted here, will show Muhammad with a tear coming from his eye as he holds a sign reading, "Je Suis Charlie" ("I Am Charlie"). The cover itself reads "Tout Est Pardonné," or "All Is Forgiven." The special issue will come out Wednesday in 16 languages in a print run of three million copies. (The 44-year-old magazine normally ran about 60,000 copies and was nearing bankruptcy until the attack; now demand is "huge," notes AFP.)

Still, the magazine is down to a skeleton staff working in the office of the daily paper Liberation, while other media provide cash and equipment. "We're getting by. We are having less nightmares," a Hebdo cartoonist tells the Daily Mail. "We are trying to put a magazine together and find some calm and inspiration. It's not easy." Meanwhile, Malka appeared on French radio to further explain Hebdo's point of view: "We will not give in otherwise all this won't have meant anything," he says. "We have never criticised a Jew because he's a Jew, a Muslim because he's a Muslim, or a Christian because he's a Christian. But you can say anything you like, the worst horrors—and we do—about Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, because behind the nice slogans, that's the reality of Charlie Hebdo." (Read more Muhammad stories.)

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