Monday, 26 January 2015

"Je suis Charlie"

The Spectator
Following the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo earlier this month, the Mohammed cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo's current issue continues to be reprinted by the news media. The slogan "Je suis Charlie" has been adopted as an international symbol of solidarity and free speech, though this in itself caused controversy when Mardom-e Emrooz printed it as a headline last week.

The Charlie Hebdo cover has appeared in several weekly news magazines. In the UK, The Spectator and The Week printed it in their 17th January issues, and it appeared in Private Eye's 23rd January issue. In Germany, Focus printed it twice in its 17th January issue, and Stern printed it along with one of the Jyllands-Posten cartoons in its 15th January issue. Stern also featured a fold-out poster which included Charlie Hebdo's first Mohammed cover from 2006.

The debate over whether to reproduce the cartoon has also prompted further analysis of the Islamic taboo against visual depictions of Mohammed. The Spectator's 24th September issue features a full-page reproduction of a 1583 portrait of Mohammed, and Le Point magazine reproduced several historical Mohammed portraits earlier this month.

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