The cover of this week’s Charlie Hebdo magazine, a week after the faithful “avenged” past slights against Muhammad by slaughtering 17 French people, shows a cartoon with the same prophet holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign, with the caption: “All is forgiven.”
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Unless your ship has just landed from Mars, you probably know that the “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) was used everywhere after the January 7 attack on the magazine, as a show of support.
Three million copies of Wednesday’s edition are being printed, where normally only 60, 000 are sold each week.
Richard Malka, Charlie Hebdo’s attorney, told France Info radio: “We will not give in. The spirit of ‘I am Charlie’ means the right to blaspheme.”
The newspaper Liberation hosted Charlie Hebdo staff as they were working on this week’s new issue and is taking care of the special, 3 million-copy print run in many languages.
Liberation published the Charlie Hebdo cover online late Monday night, ahead of the Wednesday publication. Funny enough, almost all the major news outlets reporting the publication offered detailed description of the new bird in the eye of crazy jihadists everywhere—but no picture.
The NY Times’ report online, Charlie Hebdo’s New Issue Has Muhammad on the Cover, offers lavish pictures of the French satirical magazine staff at work, but only a link, buried deep inside the text , to the image. I don’t have the Tuesday print issue in front of me, for geographical reasons, so I would appreciate it if someone let me know whether the print folks were any braver.