A man holds a giant pencil as he takes part in a Hundreds of thousands of French citizens solidarity march following the attack at the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in the streets of Paris, January 11, 2015. France this week commemorates the victims of last year’s Islamist militant attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket with eulogies, memorial plaques and another cartoon lampooning religion. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

French satire publication Charlie Hebdo has announced they will republish the cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad originally featured in a 2015 issue of their magazine that preceded an alleged retaliatory terrorist attack resulting in the deaths of 17 people. The announcement comes as the trial of the attackers is set to begin on Wednesday, and Charlie Hebdo staff has decided to reissue the controversial cartoons alongside a tribute to their co-workers who were killed in the 2015 attacks. The publication will feature the headlines “all of that, just for this,” and “history cannot be rewritten nor erased.”

The 13 men and one woman who stand accused of aiding the attackers with logistical support and weapons before the massacre will go on trial in Paris’ Criminal Court on Wednesday. The three attackers, who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State after the attack, were all killed in shootouts with French police.

President of The French Council of Muslim Worship Mohammed Moussaoui has urged Muslims in France to ignore the cartoons and personally condemned any violence, adding “the freedom to caricature is guaranteed for all, the freedom to love or not to love (the caricatures) as well. Nothing can justify violence.”

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Charlie Hebdo: Magazine republishes controversial Mohammed cartoons – BBC News – 9/1/20 The front cover of the latest edition features the 12 original 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. The French headline reads “Tout ça pour ça” (“All of that for this”).

‘Charlie Hebdo’ To Reprint Muhammad Cartoons As Trial Linked To 2015 Attack Begins – NPR – 9/1/20 “We will never give up,” publishing director Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau, who was wounded in the attack, wrote. “The hatred that struck us is still there and, since 2015, it has taken the time to mutate, to change its appearance, to go unnoticed and to quietly continue its ruthless crusade.”

France: Charlie Hebdo reprints offensive Prophet caricatures – Al Jazeera – 9/1/20 The decision to republish the cartoons will be seen by some as a defiant gesture in defence of free expression. But others may see it as a renewed provocation by a publication that has long courted controversy with its satirical attacks on religion. The caricatures re-published this week were first printed in 2006 by the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, setting off sometimes violent protests by some Muslims who found the depictions offensive.

Satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo will republish Mohammed cartoons as terror trial kicks off – Fox News – 9/1/20 Sourisseau wrote that the newspaper is often asked to produce more caricatures of Muhammad. “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 that makes sense and brings something to the debate,” Sourisseau wrote. “Reproducing these cartoons this week of the opening of the January 2015 terrorist attacks seemed essential to us.”

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