French newspaper editor says there will be no more cartoons of Muhammad
PARIS — The days of drawing cartoons featuring the prophet Muhammad are over at Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper that was attacked in January. In an interview with German magazine, Stern, Charlie Hebdo editor Laurent Sourisseau said the magazine has done its job.
“We have drawn Muhammad to defend the principle that one can draw whatever one wants,” he said.
Six months ago, on Jan. 7, masked gunmen with allegiance to the Islamic State militant group, stormed the magazine’s offices and killed 12 people.
The group in Yemen claimed responsibility and said it was in retaliation for the paper’s blasphemous cartoons depicting Muhammad.
One of the cartoonists who drew a picture of Muhammad with the words “Tout est Pardonne” or “All is Forgiven” said drawing the prophet “no longer interests me.”
Charlie Hebdo has a long history of being critical of politics, business and religion. Some voiced criticism that its cartoons of Muhammad were intentionally provocative.