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All you need to know about Charlie Hebdo

  • Charlie Hebdo is a left-leaning French weekly satirical magazine which features cartoons, reports, polemics and jokes.
  • It publishes satires on public figures, from politicians to judges to religious founders, and so on.
  • It was started by the staff of another French magazine, Hara-Kiri.
  • Hara-Kiri was banned for supposedly 'offending public taste' after it published a mock death of French President Charles de Gaulle.
  • The team set up Charlie Hebdo in 1969 and was edited by Francois Cavanna.
  • Cavanna edited the magazine till it folded in 1981.
  • The magazine was revived in 1992 and edited by Philippe Val.
  • Val edited it till 2009.
  • Then Stephanie Carbonnier, known as 'Charb' took over the editorship in 2012.
  • In 2006 Charlie Hebdo courted controversy by front page headline which read as - Mohammed overwhelmed by the fundamentalists. They reprinted the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed which had originally appeared in a Danish newspaper together with a new one of its own.
  • In 2011 they published a special edition showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover which stated - A thousand lashes if you don’t die laughing.
  • The magazine was renamed ‘Charia Hebdo’ for sometime, with ‘Charia’ being a French term for ‘Sharia’ and purported to have been guest-edited by the Prophet.
  • Following this the magazine’s offices were fire-bombed and destroyed and death threats were also given to its staff.
  • The publication’s website was also hacked. It was replaced with an image of Mecca and the words - There is no good but Allah.
  • A week after this incident the cover of the magazine showed a cartoonist and a bearded standing in front of the bombed-out offices, kissing. 'Love is stronger than hate' – was written on the cover.
  • In 2012 the magazine published more images of Prophet Mohammed.
  • The backdrop of the images was demonstrations regarding US-produced film which had been released the called ‘Innocence of Muslims’.
  • The cartoons of the magazine showed an orthodox Jew pushing the figure of a turbaned Prophet Mohammed in a wheelchair in one image, The Prophet was shown as naked in other images.
  • Charbonnier, 47, had received death threats in the past. He was living under police protection. He was among 12 killed in an attack on the magazine's office in Paris on January 07, 2015. 


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