Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist Resigns: ‘All Too Much to Bear’
Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Renald “Luz” Luzier, who survived a terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine in January that left a dozen others dead, is resigning.
“The time came when it was just all too much to bear,” Luz said. “There was next to nobody to draw the cartoons. I ended up doing three or every four front-pages. Every print-run was torture because the others are no longer there.”
Luz, who lives under police protection like the rest of the survivors and colleagues at other newspapers such as the Canard Enchaine, cited pressure of work and media scrutiny as the main reasons for quitting.
…Luz said his decision had nothing to do with the problems at the journal, including splits that only recently surfaced over its staff ownership structure and disciplinary proceeedings against one of its journalists.
After the deaths of his colleagues Luz became one of the magazine’s principal cartoonists, and drew the now famous cover the week after the shooting showing the Islamic prophet Muhammad saying “all is forgiven.” However, Luz recently said he would no longer draw Muhammad, saying he had tired of the controversy.
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