Sunday, 1 November 2020

Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo
This year, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. It marked the occasion with a book—Charlie Hebdo: 50 ans de liberté d’expression (‘fifty years of freedom of expression’)—and a special issue published on 30th September. Both publications include reprints of the magazine’s first Mohammed cover, from 2006.

Although Charlie Hebdo has become notorious for its Mohammed cartoons (published in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015), the magazine is an equal-opportunities offender, satirising all religions and state institutions. Its current issue led to a lawsuit from the President of Turkey. In 2016, it was criticised for a cartoon depicting the victims of an Italian earthquake. It was sued for blasphemy in 2014.

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