AFTER MAJOR ISSUE! Charlie Hebdo condemns Islamist ‘fanatics’

AFTER MAJOR ISSUE! Charlie Hebdo condemns Islamist ‘fanatics’


French magazine Charlie Hebdo mark an edition featuring an armed man signifying God on the cover on the anniversary of an Islamist attack on its Paris offices.

The assault on 7 January 2015 carried out by two Islamic militants in retribution for cartoon depictions in the magazine of the Prophet Mohammed.

Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi pushed their way to the building with assault rifles, killing 11 people and injuring 11 more. Upon leaving the building they also shot dead a police officer that was French.

One million duplicates of the anniversary edition having a collection of cartoons by five of the cartoonists of the magazine killed in the assault will likely be distributed in French newsagents on the market, with thousands more exported for sale overseas.

Cartoonist Laurent Sourisseau, who took over the management following the strike of the magazine, has written a robust defence of secularism which denounces what he calls ‘fanatics brutalised from the Koran’.

Mr Sourisseau, who was critically wounded in the strike of last year’s, also takes a swipe at what he describes as those from other religions who hoped for the death of the magazine for ‘daring to laugh in the spiritual’.

Before the assault the workers of the magazine received death threats featuring Mohammed, and its offices were firebombed in 2011.

And the sales dropped below 30,000 a week magazine was close to shutting down.

However, the assault caused revulsion all over the world and 7.5 million people purchased the magazine’s post-attack issue in support of the idea that Islam should not be shielded from satire.