Charlie Hebdo’s First Issue Since the Shooting Features the Prophet Mohammed

Charlie Hebdo’s First Issue Since the Shooting Features the Prophet Mohammed January 13, 2015
Photo Source: Flickr Commons, Francois Lacroix
Photo Source: Flickr Commons, Francois Lacroix

Charlie Hebdo is publishing again.

Their first cover of their first edition after last week’s shooting featured the Prophet Mohammed, holding a sign that says “All is Forgiven.”

From The New York Times:

PARIS — Around 9:10 on Monday evening, laughter and a round of applause broke out among the surviving staff members of Charlie Hebdo, followed shortly by cries — joyous if ironic — of “Allahu akbar!”

The group was cheering Rénald Luzier, a cartoonist known as Luz, who on the umpteenth try had produced what the editors thought was the perfect cover image for the most anticipated issue ever of this scrappy, iconoclastic weekly, which will appear on Wednesday. It showed the Prophet Muhammad holding a sign saying, “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”), with the words “All is forgiven” in French above it on a green background.

“Habemus a front page,” Gérard Biard, one of the paper’s top editors, said with a smile, emerging from the staff’s makeshift newsroom and deploying the phrase used to announce a new pope. To find the right image, he said: “We asked ourselves: ‘What do we want to say? What should we say? And in what way?’ About the subject, unfortunately, we had no doubt.”

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