French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” released a cover depicting a cartoon of Muhammad that sparked conflict in which Muslim terrorists attacked the headquarters, killing 12 people.
On January 7, 2015, two Muslim gunmen attacked the “Charlie Hedbo” headquarters. This attack resulted in a total of 12 people dead, 5 of them being the lead cartoonists that depicted a cartoon of the Muslim prophet, Muhammad.
One cartoonist that was late to work the day of the attack has released another cover with the words Je suis Charlie, meaning I am Charlie. This slogan is currently being used in chant for activists of free speech and expression after the attack. Three million copies of this issue are expected to be released in France in response.
The new cover was released in apology, with the cartoonist stating that they apologize for releasing the cover because according to the religion, the prophet cannot be depicted. He asks that Muslims find a sense of humor and pay attention to the fact that “Charlie Hedbo” is a satirical magazine.
The cover was not to be depicted as a threat, but rather acceptance of the religion.
Shooters were named as Cherif and Said Kouachi.
Every religion deserves to be expressed in France, and this cover was supposed to be seen as humorous rather than the way the terrorists took it, by avenging the insult with the lives of 12 innocent people.
This case has stirred up great controversy around the world in the sense of religion, terrorism, and freedom of expression.
In total, there were 8 journalists, two police officers, a caretaker, and a visitor killed.
12 innocent people at work had their lives taken away solely for doing their job of producing covers and humorous satire for reader enjoyment.
This case is truly tragic and sets an example of the violation of freedom of speech and the violent measures members of the Muslim religion can act in defense of their prophets and traditions.
Covers of the magazines can be seen below.