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Charlie Hebdo Will No Longer Include Cartoons Depicting Muhammad

charlie hebdoThe top editor of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine that was attacked by Islamic extremists earlier this year, told Stern Magazine that they will no longer draw cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau gave an interview with the German magazine that Charlie‘s intent for defending their cartoons had nothing to do with being “possessed” by Islamic criticism, but to make a point about how free speech permits them to draw what they want.

“We’ve done our job. We have defended the right to caricature,” Sourisseau said. “We still believe that we have the right to criticize all religions. The mistakes you could blame Islam for can be found in other religions.”

In the months following the attack in Paris, multiple writers and contributors from Charlie foreshadowed Sourisseau’s remarks, saying that drawing Muhammad had become a painful subject for them, or they were tired of the controversy surrounding it.

“The most important thing is there’s a real desire to keep getting this paper out every week, it should continue and it will continue,” Sourisseau told The Guardian in May. “The fact that everyone is watching across the world spurs us on to keep going, helps us not be scared.”

[h/t Washington Post]
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