The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is marching on. The first cover since the terrorist attack on its Paris office, which features a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad as well as the headline “all is forgiven,” was unveiled today.
Zineb El Rhazoui, a surviving columnist at the magazine, said:
“We don’t feel any hate to them. We know that the struggle is not with them as people, but the struggle is with an ideology … We feel that we have to forgive what happened. I think those who have been killed, if they would have been able to have a coffee today with the terrorists and just talk to ask them why have they done this… We feel at the Charlie Hebdo team that we need to forgive.”
The Guardian reports that the terrorist attack last week at Charlie Hebdo were in response to the magazine’s cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. While some publications would shy away from the controversial subject, Charlie Hebdo is planning on printing 3 million copies of the current edition.
Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, said that he agreed with Charlie Hebdo for printing another depiction of Muhammad:
“You cannot have a march through the streets of Paris attended by 46 world leaders, 4 million people, climaxing with a shout of ‘We are not afraid’ and then not print the central object of contention. Of course they are right to do that and I am afraid it is absolutely vital now that everybody stands up and defends their right to publish. You may not agree with what they have done, you may be offended by what they have done, but you should defend their right to publish it.”