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Tearful Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist On The New Prophet Muhammad Cover

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Charlie Hebdo cartoonist, Renald Luzier aka Luz, speaks during the Charlie Hebdo press conference held at the Liberation offices in Paris on January 13, 2015 in Paris, France.  AURELIEN MEUNIER, GETTY IMAGES

 

The first Charlie Hebdo issue published since last week's terrorist attacks on their offices in Paris, which saw the murder of twelve staff members including five cartoonists/journalists and five more deaths over the next couple of days, is on the stands. As a symbolic act of defiance against the attacks, the new issue features a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad crying and holding a sign reading "Je suis Charlie", a solidarity slogan currently trending on social media and around the world. The prophet also has a speech bubble reading, "All is forgiven."

 

Renald Luzier, the cartoonist who illustrated the cover image and known by his pen name "Luz" confirmed the cover illustration cariature to be that of the Prophet Muhammad.  Luz discussed the cover saying:

 

It was not the front page the world wanted us to make, but it was the one that we wanted to make... It was not the front page the terrorists wanted us to make, because there are no terrorists in it, there is just a man crying, a guy crying - it's Mohammad.

 

The featured editorial defended secularism strongly, as well as their right to use satire to lampoon religions and religious leaders while holding them accountable. 


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