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French weekly to publish caricatures of Prophet Mohammed

Charlie Hebdo, French satirical weekly, confirms latest edition contains caricatures of Prophet Mohammed; editor says images to 'shock those who will want to be shocked;' PM Jean-Marc issues statement expressing disapproval

AFP , Tuesday 18 Sep 2012
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French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo confirmed on Tuesday that its latest edition contains several cartoons which feature caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

The editor of the weekly, originally a cartoonist who uses the name Charb, said the images would "shock those who will want to be shocked".

They will appear on the inside pages of an edition of the weekly due to hit the streets on Wednesday.

The magazine's decision to publish the cartoons came against a background of unrest across the Islamic world over a crude US-made film that mocks Mohammed and portrays Muslims as gratuitously violent.

It was greeted with immediate calls from political and religious leaders for the media to act responsibly and avoid inflaming the situation.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault issued a statement expressing his "disapproval of all excesses".

Dalil Boubakeur, the senior cleric at Paris's biggest mosque, appealed for France's Muslims to remain calm.

"It is with astonishment, sadness and concern that I have learned that this publication is risking increasing the current outrage across the Muslim world," he said. "I would appeal to them not to pour oil on the fire."

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19-09-2012 11:52am
Strategical use of the Freedom of Speech
The french magazine that currently has intruded the privacy of the princess of wales has been banned, where goes the freedom of speech? There are laws to punish the holocaust denial, where hide the advocates of the freedom of speech? People are accused to commit anti-seitism when they urge to expose the zionism and the jewish mal-behave in the west, where flies the flags of the freedom of speech then? Through deliberate negligence of the perpetual acts of the blasphemy, the west is depicting its mean mentality, historical biasedness, and the narrow mindedness towards ISLAM. Where will the strategy lead the civilizations, the propellers are well planned and well awared. Be Aware Commom Westerns, Be Aware the Muslims. Be aware UNO to take notice of the blowers.
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John Andrews
19-09-2012 12:24am
All unite
All Muslims should unite and put their full trust behind eg Egypt's Morsi - a leader of a hopefully Islamic kind of government - who should make an organized, carefully-considered but both legal and forceful response to the whole issue ... not forgetting the good example of the Prophet of Islam himself.
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18-09-2012 09:18pm
why the fire in the first place!!
for those who say that the cartoons will add oil or even gasoline to the fire, I say, why is there fire in the first place? Was not the prophet , PBUH, met with rejection at the begining? He surely did not react in the way Muslims react ? Besides, everyone nneds to learn that the culture of the west has no limits on freedom of speech , even if it comes to insulting religions, prophets or politicians. We should not regard any crazy person writing or drawing something as always an infidel and or/ Chrisitian who hates Islam. Often times, such people have no religion other than Satanism that seeks to create a strife/ Fitna between Muslims & Christians. And let me say that there are many western movies that insulted and plasphemed Jesus Christ , but we have never heard of any violent reaction to such films. In brief, such reaction in the Muslim world give the wrong idea about Islam. This should not be the case.
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18-09-2012 10:41pm
There is a difference...
...between freedom of speech and 'freedom to insult and defame' huge difference. Otherwise I and 1.5 billion Muslims agree with you that violence has never solved any problem. Violence must be condemned and stopped.

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