On Tuesday, Charlie Hebdo the French satirical weekly, the target of a massacre by Islamist gunmen in 2015 said that it will republish the controversial cartoons of Prophet in order to mark the start of the trial, about to begin this week.
The director in an editorial wrote “We will never lie down. We will never give up.”
On January 7, 2015, 12 people which included some of France’s most famous cartoonist were killed. Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, in Paris went on a gun rampage at the Charlie Hebdo’s office.
On Wednesday, 14 alleged accomplices in the attacks also targeted a Jewish supermarket for which they will go on trial in Paris on Wednesday.
The latest cover of Charlie Hebdo shows dozens of cartoons that were published by the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in 2005, reprinted in 2006 by Charlie Hebdo. These cartoons brought a storm of anger across the Muslim world.
The cover’s centre had a prophet’s cartoon drawn by cartoonist Jean Cabut. Jean Cabut is also known as Cabut who lost his life in the massacre.
The front-page headline says, “All of this, just for that.”
The editorial team of the issue said that it was the right time to republish the cartoons as it was essential because of the opening of the trial.
“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 which has meaning and which brings something to the debate.”
The paper’s willingness to cause offence has made it a champion of free speech for many in France, while others believed it crossed a line too often.
However, the country got united in grief because of the massacre with the slogan #JeSuisCharlie going viral. (I Am Charlie).