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French magazine publishes naked Prophet cartoons
Charlie Hebdo, A French satirical magazine, published nude cartoons o Muslim prophet Mohammed, a controversial move that could spark more Muslims protests across the world
AFP , Wednesday 19 Sep 2012
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A French satirical magazine published nude cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed Wednesday, a move that could further inflame tensions after violent protests in the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film.

The cover of Charlie Hebdo shows a Muslim in a wheelchair being pushed by an Orthodox Jew under the title "Intouchables 2", referring to an award-winning French film about a poor black man who helps an aristocratic quadriplegic.

Another cartoon on the back page of the weekly magazine show a naked turbaned Mohammed exposing his posterior to a film director, a scene inspired by a 1963 film starring French film star Brigitte Bardot.

Charlie Hebdo's website crashed on Wednesday after being bombarded with comments that ranged from hate mail to approbation.

The magazine is no stranger to controversy over issues relating to Islam.

Last year it published an edition "guest-edited" by the Prophet Mohammed that it called Sharia Hebdo. The magazine's offices in Paris were subsequently fire-bombed.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said anyone offended by cartoons could take the matter to the courts after expressing his "disapproval of all excesses".

But he emphasised France's tradition of free speech. "We are in a country where freedom of expression is guaranteed, including the freedom to caricature," he said on RTL radio.

"If people really feel offended in their beliefs and think there has been an infringement of the law -- and we are in a state where laws must be totally respected -- they can go to court," Ayrault said.

He also said a request to hold a demonstration in Paris against the controversial US-made anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" which has sparked furious protests across the Muslim world would be refused.

Charlie Hebdo's latest move was greeted with immediate calls from political and religious leaders for the media to act responsibly and avoid inflaming the current situation.

The magazine's editor, originally a cartoonist who uses the name Charb, denied he was being deliberately provocative at a delicate time.

"The freedom of the press, is that a provocation?" he said. "I'm not asking strict Muslims to read Charlie Hebdo, just like I wouldn't go to a mosque to listen to speeches that go against everything I believe."

Dalil Boubakeur, the senior cleric at Paris's biggest mosque, appealed for France's four million 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."

France's Muslim Council, the community's main representative body, also appealed for calm in the face of "this new act of Islamaphobia".





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Karim
20-09-2012 11:01pm
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Hypocrisy
The french again. Well it`s in france. I have no problem with it in france. But let`s be honest. They can only make jokes about Arabs because they are weak and the access in to Arab Markets is taken for granted. I can still remember how jaque chirac cracked down on protest for the freedom of Tibet after the Chinese President Jiang Zemin felt uncomfortable. Make a Cartoon about a naked Mao Zedong your cowards.Pick on someone your size Hypocrites.
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Hisham
19-09-2012 11:28pm
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I hope this happens again, and again, until those guys get it, they will never scare anyone into silence. Everyone respects your right to have your beliefs, and practice your religion, no one is taking that from you. But don't expect others to respect your beliefs if they see that they don't deserve respect. They have a right to their say just as you do. Violence is for the one's who are insecure in faith.
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Roy
20-09-2012 08:27am
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Insult....
So you say it is okay to insult people and spread falsehood!!! what has mankind become....worst than animals....
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Basheer
19-09-2012 10:17pm
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Western Hypocrites!!!
"We are in a country where freedom of expression is guaranteed, including the freedom to caricature," Why then don't they allow the same freedom with regard to debating the issue of the "Holocaust". Someone who challenges the official zionist/western version of the "Holocaust" will be imprisoned in these western countries who claim to guarantee freedom of expression. It is only when they insult Islam and our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that they guarantee free speech. What hypocrites!!!!
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bob decker
20-09-2012 12:13pm
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cartoons
Isn't it true that some Islamic sects don't mind when images of the Prophet are draw or published ? Maybe people should adapt a more modern approach and accept the fact that free countries allow freedom of expression. Where does it say in religious text that a drawing or image of Muhammad is blasphemous. ? How has this come about ?
jane
20-09-2012 07:42am
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Muslim hypocrites
Guess what genus? In the Islamic world you can find cartoons mocking the Holocaust and Jews left and right. You can find no cartoons mocking Arabs or Muslims or ridiculing Marwa Al-Sherbini. If it is legal in the Islamic world to mock killing Jews why no cartoons mocking dead Muslims?

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