But…does anyone know what Mohammed looks like?
(islam versus europe)Spain’s satirical magazine, El Jueves, has decided to join the Mohammed fray to show support for Charlie Hebdo. This week the magazine’s front page shows several potential Mohammed look-alikes attending a police line-up.
José Luis Martín, member of the editorial board and employee of the magazine, responded as follows when asked about fear of reprisals: “It’s not a dish that tastes good, but we cannot remain silent. We humourists cannot self-censor every time there is a danger of a violent response”.
Source: El Mundo
So Time Magazine blamed the free speech victim. What would you expect from a Magazine that pushed the fraudulent claim that Israel was Apartheid? It is sad that Time Mag has become so predictable… Reuters was less predictable and kept with the story, but then slyly tried to spin the news item… I suppose they think doubting if Muslims were behind this makes intrigue or something. spare us all the fake skepticism Reuters. About as fake as a Peter Jennings snear from the afterlife.
So then the next question an impartial news agency would ask is if Dahmane is for criminalizing critics of Islam… but wait this is Reuters so they won’t ask that question.
Drunks? Really? Now I admit it could be a setup, but at the very least say it is unlikely.
Gaelle Geoffroy | AFP
A screen shot shows the front page of the Charlie Hebdo website featuring a picture of the Mecca and a text praising the prophet Allah. The offices of Charlie Hebdo were destroyed by a petrol bomb attack, French police have saidEnlarge Photo
A screen shot shows the front page of the Charlie Hebdo website featuring a picture …
Charlie Hebdo’s publisher — known only as Charb — talks to reporters outside the the offices of the French satirical newspaper in Paris. The satirical newspaper that published a special Arab Spring edition with the Prophet Mohammed as “guest editor” were destroyed in a suspected firebomb attack, police have saidEnlarge Photo
Charlie Hebdo’s publisher — known only as Charb — talks to reporters outside the …
The offices of a French satirical newspaper that published a special Arab Spring edition with the Prophet Mohammed as “guest editor” were destroyed in a suspected firebomb attack Wednesday, police said.
Charlie Hebdo published a special edition Wednesday to mark the Arab Spring, renaming the weekly newspaper Charia (Sharia) Hebdo for the occasion and featuring a front-page cartoon of the prophet saying: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter!”he newspaper’s website also appeared to have been hacked on Wednesday, with its regular home page replaced with a photo of the Grand Mosque in Mecca and a message reading: “No god but Allah”.
French officials were quick to denounce the attack and offer support to the newspaper.
“Freedom of the press is a sacred freedom in our country and everything must be done to preserve it,” Interior Minister Claude Gueant told AFP.
“This is why, whether we like Charlie Hebdo or not, every French person must this morning feel solidarity with a newspaper that, through its existence and the way it operates, expresses freedom of the press.”
Police said the fire at the newspaper’s offices started around 1:00 am (0200 GMT). No one was injured in the blaze, which a police source said was suspected to have been caused by a petrol bomb.
The magazine’s publisher, known only as Charb, said he was convinced the fire was linked to the special edition.
“On Twitter, on Facebook, we received several letters of protest, threats, insults,” which had been forwarded to the police, he said.
“Our problem now is to be able to put a paper out next Wednesday,” he said. “There is soot everywhere, the computers are in my opinion dead, the electrical system is melted.”
“This is the first time we have been physically attacked, but we won’t let it get to us.”
In a statement, the newspaper’s editorial department said it was “against all religious fundamentalism but not against practising Muslims.”
“We are for the Arab Spring, against the winter of fanatics,” it said.
The weekly had said it would publish a special edition to “celebrate” the Ennahda Islamist party’s election victory in Tunisia and the transitional Libyan executive’s announcement that Islamic Sharia law would be the country’s main source of law.
It would feature the prophet Mohammed as guest “editor”, the magazine said.
As well as the cover cartoon, a back-page drawing featured Mohammed wearing a red nose and accompanied by the words: “Yes, Islam is compatible with humour.”
The depiction of the prophet’s face is strictly prohibited in Islam.
Charb on Tuesday rejected accusations that he was trying to provoke.
“We feel we’re just doing our job as usual. The only difference is that this week, Mohammed is on the cover and that’s quite rare,” he told AFP.
A Paris court in 2007 threw out a suit brought by two Muslim organisations against Charlie Hebdo for reprinting cartoons of Mohammed that had appeared in a Danish newspaper, sparking angry protests by Muslims worldwide.
Pieces of paper and computers were strewn outside the newspaper’s offices in eastern Paris after the fire, an AFP reporter said, and windows and glass doors were broken at street level and on the first floor.
The head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, Mohammed Moussaoui, condemned the attack.
“If this was a criminal fire, we firmly condemn it,” he told AFP.
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said he was “disgusted” with the attack.
“I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms this act of violence that is also an act of violence against freedom of expression,” he told RMC radio.
“We can disagree with Charlie Hebdo’s edition today but we are in a society that needs freedom of expression,” Delanoe said.
The managing editor of left-leaning newspaper Liberation, Nicolas Demorand, said in a Tweet that his newspaper was inviting Charlie Hebdo’s writers to work in Liberation’s offices until they could find a new home.
Religion of peace? Tolerance? Religion that adheres to Western values? So…?