Charlie Hebdo Journalists Save Their Most Controversial Material For Inside Latest Edition

Charlie Hebdo Journalists Save Their Most Controversial Material For Inside Latest Edition

Tearful Charlie Hebdo journalists have fronted the world's media for the first time since Islamist gunmen stormed the newspaper's office on Wednesday sparking three days of terror that ultimately left 20 people dead.

At a press conference on Tuesday, editor-in-chief Gerard Biard, said the much-anticipated next edition, which has a print run of three million and will be sold across 12 countries in French, English, Spanish and Arabic, had been produced "with pain and with joy". Normally, only 60,000 copies are printed.

One of the cartoonists, Renald Luzier, known as "Luz", broke down in tears at the emotion of the press conference.

Gerard Biard (left) and columnist Patrick Pelloux (right) comfort cartoonist Renald 'Luz' Luzier during the press conference

The journalists said they wanted to put Mohammed on the cover because they didn't want to "cede" anything to extremists, but revealed they have saved their most controversial material for inside the latest magazine, the first produced after their colleagues were murdered.

While the next edition's cover is an image of Mohammed holding a sign saying "Je Suis Charlie", Biard unveiled the new edition contains a series of cartoons that attack the religious interpretations of those who murdered his friends.

"If we say to religion, 'you're untouchable', we're fucked," he has claimed.

The edition features cartoons by those who were killed in the attack. Cartoonist Laurent "Riss" Sourisseau who was shot in the shoulder during the attack, also contributed.

Then printing press rolled, a staff member tweeted: ""The issue is getting there. Put to bed tonight. We are supporting each other. We are together. Even our injured Riss is drawing. #Charlie #Warrior"

Mr Baird said: "This edition, everybody's in it, the whole of Charlie Hebdo is in it. This edition is Charlie Hebdo."

One cartoon shows the terrorists ascending to heaven, asking where the virgins are that they were promised for dying as martyrs, only to be told: "With the Charlie team, losers."

In a double-page spread, the magazine thanks the millions who turned out to march in their support on Sunday, while noting it was more than usually turn out "for Mass".

Another cartoon says: "A Charlie Hebdo cartoonist. That's 25 years' work. To be a terrorist, that's 25 seconds' work. Terrorist is a job for layabouts and wankers."

Factory prints forthcoming edition of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo

The staff relocated to the offices of French newspaper Liberation to produce the latest edition while their own office was a crime scene.

At the press conference, Mr Biard said: "There will be a future, there's no doubt of that. We don't know quite know yet precisely what it's going to look like.

"There will be a paper, there won't be an interruption. That means in two weeks time, in the kiosks, there will be another Charlie Hebdo."

In a light-hearted moment, he added: “We thank all those who have subscribed, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, who on his own represents 10 subscribers.”

Radical British preacher Anjem Choudary described the Mohammed cover as an "act of war" and Omer El-Hamdoon, from the Muslim Association of Britain, said a majority of Muslims would find it offensive.

But Sughra Ahmed, president of the Islamic Society of Britain, said: "We need to de-escalate the tension around all this. Those Muslims who feel offended may have a right, but in the scheme of things we should be far more offended by injustice, economic exploitation, anti-Semitism, homophobia, murder, etc.'

Mr Luzier told the press conference he had drawn Mohammed as a "man who is crying".

"We are cartoonists and we like drawing little characters, just as we were as children," he said.

"The terrorists, they were kids, they drew just like we did, just like all children do. At one point they lost their sense of humour. At one point they lost the soul of their child which allowed them to look at the world with a certain distance.

"I'm sorry we've drawn him yet again but the Mohammed we've drawn is a man who is crying."

An editorial in the new edition reads: "For the past week, Charlie, an atheist newspaper, has achieved more miracles than all the saints and prophets combined. The one we are most proud of is that you have in your hands the newspaper that we always made."

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