'Charlie Hebdo' releases first cover post-attack
“Je Suis Charlie” became a viral refrain of support on social media after three gunmen attacked French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo last week, killing 12 staffers. Now, that simple phrase appears on the cover of Charlie Hebdo‘s latest issue—its first since the attacks.
The cover features a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad wearing a frown and holding a sign that says “je suis Charlie.” “Tout est pardonné” (all is forgiven) is scrawled across the top in black ink.
The focus on the Prophet Muhammad is a reference to the attacks: Witnesses claim the attackers yelled, “We have avenged the prophet,” the Associated Press reports. Some Muslims believe any depiction of this prophet is blasphemous, and Charlie Hebdo has published multiple satirical depictions of the prophet in the past.
According to Reuters, the attack will not stop Charlie Hebdo from continuing to publish the same content they used to. “We will not give in,” Charlie Hebdo‘s lawyer, Richard Malka, told French Info radio. “The spirit of ‘I am Charlie’ means the right to blaspheme.”