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First Charlie Hebdo since attack is published with Prophet Mohammed in cover cartoon

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015,17:43 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Paris | French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo today published its first edition since Islamist gunmen killed 12 people in an attack on its offices, with a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, considered as unIslamic by Muslims, on the cover.
Three million copies of the weekly, featuring on the front page slogan Je suis Charlie (I am Charlie) under the headline All is forgiven, have been printed. The magazine was sold out in many parts of the capital minutes after going on sale.
Je suis Charlie is the slogan taken up by millions of supporters in France and around the world after eight of the magazine’s journalists and cartoonists and four other people were shot dead last week. The gunmen who carried out the attack appear to have been motivated by the magazine publishing cartoons of the prophet in the past.

A Pakistani man reads a local edition of the International New York Times in Islamabad on January 14, 2015, which shows a blank section of a page that if printed, would report on the first issue of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo since a jihadist attack decimated its editorial staff last week. A statement at the bottom of the section reads "The article was removed by our publishing alliance in Pakistan. The International New York Times and its editorial staff had no role in its removal". The French satirical magazine published a picture of a weeping Mohammed under the title "All is forgiven", holding up a sign reading "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") in its first issue since many of its staff were killed in a gun attack last week in Paris.

A Pakistani man reads a local edition of the International New York Times in Islamabad on January 14, 2015, which shows a blank section of a page that if printed, would report on the first issue of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo since a jihadist attack decimated its editorial staff last week. A statement at the bottom of the section reads “The article was removed by our publishing alliance in Pakistan. The International New York Times and its editorial staff had no role in its removal”. The French satirical magazine published a picture of a weeping Mohammed under the title “All is forgiven”, holding up a sign reading “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) in its first issue since many of its staff were killed in a gun attack last week in Paris.

There are no other depictions of the prophet in the new edition, but many of the cartoons lampoon Islamist gunmen. The print run dwarfs Charlie Hebdo’s normal run of around 60,000 copies, and the edition will also be available in English, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish. It was incredible.
I had a queue of 60-70 people waiting for me when I opened at 5.45 am. I’ve never seen anything like it. All my 450 copies were sold out in 15 minutes, said a woman working at a kiosk in Gambetta metro station in Paris. The magazine’s surviving staff moved into the offices of Liberation newspaper to compile the edition, which they admitted had been an emotional experience.
Cartoonist Renald Luz Luzier said he cried after drawing the front cover. Some Muslims feel any depiction of the prophet is sacrilege, and Egypt’s state-backed Islamic authority Dar al-Ifta denounced an unjustified provocation against the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims.

People wait outside a newsagents in Paris on January 14, 2015 as a man displays the latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo shortly after it went on sale. The first issue of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to be published since a jihadist attack decimated its editorial staff last week was sold out within minutes at kiosks across France.

People wait outside a newsagents in Paris on January 14, 2015 as a man displays the latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo shortly after it went on sale. The first issue of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to be published since a jihadist attack decimated its editorial staff last week was sold out within minutes at kiosks across France.