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Mohammed cartoons: Satirical weekly offices attacked

2 November 2011
Presseurop
Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo, 2 November 2011

"One hundred lashes if you don’t die laughing". The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo [“Charlie Weekly”] features a cartoon Mohammed on its front cover, which has been renamed Sharia Hebdo in reaction to the 23 October victory of the Islamist Ennahda in Tunisian elections, and the announcement that sharia law is to be adopted in Libya. The prophet has even been designated editor in chief of this special edition.

Six years after the publication of the cartoons of Mohammed in the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, the initiative has not been universally well-received: on the night of November 1st, the weekly’s offices were burned down, and its website was hacked. In 2006, Charlie Hebdo republished the Danish cartoons.