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French Charlie Hebdo to Republishes Controversial Cartoons of Prophet Mohammed to Mark Terror Trial


 French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo  republished controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that made them the target of a deadly terror attack in 2015.

"We will never lie down. We will never give up," its director Laurent "Riss" Sourisseau wrote in an editorial to go with the republication of the cartoons in its latest edition.

Twelve people, including some of France's most celebrated cartoonists, were killed on January 7, 2015, when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi went on a gun rampage at the paper's offices in Paris.

The front cover of the latest edition features the 12  cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, which were published in a Danish newspaper before appearing in Charlie Hebdo. One of the cartoons shows the prophet wearing a bomb instead of a turban. 

"All of this, just for that," the front-page headline says.

"We have always refused to do so, not because it is prohibited - the law allows us to do so - but because there was a need for a good reason to do it, a reason which has meaning and which brings something to the debate," its editorial team said.

Charlie Hebdo's anti-establishment satire - poking fun at the far right, and aspects of Catholicism and Judaism as well as Islam - had long drawn controversy.

But it was its portrayals of the Prophet Mohammed that led to death threats against the editorial team and a petrol bomb attack on its offices in 2011.

Charb had strongly defended the cartoons as symbolic of freedom of speech. "I don't blame Muslims for not laughing at our drawings," he told the Associated Press in 2012. "I live under French law. I don't live under Koranic law."


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