Charlie Hebdo's Luz: No More Mohammed Cartoons

Top cartoonist says topic 'no longer interests me'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2015 12:53 PM CDT
Charlie Hebdo's Luz: No More Mohammed Cartoons
Cartoonist Renald Luzier arrives for the funeral of Stephane Charbonnier, the publishing director of Charlie Hebdo, in Pontoise, France, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Almost four months after declaring "All is forgiven" next to an image of Mohammed in the wake of the attack that killed 12 of his friends and co-workers, top Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz announced that "I will no longer draw the figure of Mohammed. It no longer interests me," he said in an interview with Les Inrockuptibles, per AFP. Luz, whose real name is Renald Luzier, tells the French magazine that though "the terrorists did not win ... they will have won if the whole of France continues to be scared"—an allusion to right-wing fear-mongering after the attacks. Meanwhile, Charlie continues to be divisive; the New York Times reports that six authors withdrew from the PEN American Center's gala next week over its decision to give Charlie its Freedom of Expression Courage Award. (More Charlie Hebdo stories.)

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