Spanish Satirical Magazine Joins the Mohammed Fray

September 26, 2012
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


French paper reprints Mohammad cartoon after fire-bomb

November 4, 2011

Time’s Paris bureau chief Bruce Crumley blamed the “insolent” newspaper for the bombing. The headline was “Firebombed French Paper Is No Free Speech Martyr.”
Don’t try telling Crumley that an omnidirectional print equivalent of South Park defines free speech: “As such, Charlie Hebdo has cultivated its insolence proudly as a kind of public duty—pushing the limits of freedom of speech, come what may. But that seems more self-indulgent and willfully injurious when it amounts to defending the right to scream ‘fire’ in an increasingly over-heated theater.” (Newsbusters)

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.

(Reuters) – A French satirical weekly whose office was fire bombed after it printed a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad has reproduced the image with other caricatures in a special supplement distributed with one of the country’s leading newspapers.

The weekly Charlie Hebdo defended “the freedom to poke fun” in the four-page supplement, which was wrapped around copies of the left-wing daily Liberation on Thursday, a day after an arson attack gutted Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place hours before an edition of Charlie Hebdo hit news stands featuring a cover-page cartoon of Mohammad and a speech bubble with the words: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter.”

The weekly, known for its irreverent treatment of the political establishment and religious figures, bore the headline “Charia Hebdo,” in a reference to Muslim sharia law, and said that week’s issue had been guest-edited by Mohammad.

The incident pits Europe’s tradition of free speech and secularism against Islam’s injunction barring any depictions seen as mocking the prophet. The publication of cartoons of Mohammad in a Danish newspaper in 2005 sparked unrest in the Muslim world in which at least 50 people were killed.

While French Muslim groups criticized Charlie Hebdo’s work, they also condemned the fire-bomb attack. The head of the Paris Mosque, Dalil Boubakeur, told a news conference on Thursday: “I am extremely attached to freedom of the press, even if the press is not always tender with Muslims, Islam or the Paris Mosque.”

“French Muslims have nothing to do with political Islam,” he said.

Abderrahmane Dahmane, a Muslim former presidential adviser on religious diversity, said he was not shocked by the Charlie Hebdo front-page and joked himself about the matter.

“We have a sense of humor in the world of Islam … what we sometimes say about Islam and the prophet, among ourselves and in the presence of Imams, is worse than what Charlie Hebdo wrote,” he quipped.

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.

Following the fire bombing, Charlie Hebdo staff moved temporarily into the offices of Liberation. The two publications jointly produced Thursday’s supplement, which reproduced the Charlie Hebdo cartoon in an article on the back page.

One headline in the supplement said: “After their office blaze, this team defends the ‘freedom to poke fun’.”

“We thought the lines had moved and that maybe there would be more respect for our satirical work, our right to mock. Freedom to have a good laugh is as important as freedom of speech,” Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier said in the supplement.

The supplement included several new drawings by Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. In one, a prophet-like figure tries to restrain his billowing robes in a pose reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe as a draft blows up from Charlie Hebdo newspapers below him. Another shows an airborne fire-bomb with a face in the flames and the caption, “So, is this how you see the prophet?”

France has Europe’s largest Muslim community, numbering about five million out of an overall population of 65 million. The country has a deep tradition of official secularism and adopted a ban this year on women wearing face-covering veils in public.

Charbonnier told Reuters his newspaper planned to print another 175,000 copies of this week’s edition in the coming days after the first print run of 75,000 copies sold out fast.

Luz, the cartoonist who drew the cover cartoon at the center of the controversy, said it was still unclear who had carried out the attack.

“Let’s be cautious. There’s every reason to believe it’s the work of fundamentalists but it could just as well be the work of two drunks,” he said in the Thursday supplement.

Drunks? Really? Now I admit it could be a setup, but at the very least say it is unlikely.

French satirical paper ‘firebombed’ after cartoon

November 2, 2011

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
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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…?