Charlie Hebdo editor: No more Muhammad comics

Laurent Sourisseau, editor of Charlie Hebdo says no more Muhammad comics to be published, six months after deadly attack on magazine premises

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Charlie Hebdo’s editor Laurent Sourisseau has said in his interview with German-based “Stern” magazine that he will no longer draw cartoons of Muhammad, the revered prophet of Islam.

His statement came six months after the deadly attack on his magazine by the Kouachi brothers, killing several people.

Sourisseau survived the attack that left 16 of his colleagues dead.

"We have drawn Muhammad to defend the principle that one can draw whatever they want,” he said, adding that the magazine had fulfilled its duty.

"We've done our job. We have defended the right to caricature."

He stated that he does not want the magazine to appear as it was “possessed by Islam,” and that he still believes that his magazine has the “right to criticise all religions.”

The Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris was attacked on Jan. 7, 2015, when two masked gunmen stormed the office killing 12 people including a police officer.

Sourisseau who owns almost half of the magazine’s shares, went on to say, “The mistakes you could blame Islam for can be found in other religions.”

The Charlie Hebdo magazine has a history of printing controversial material offending various religious figures including Jews, Christians as well as publishing derogatory cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.

TRTWorld and agencies