By Staff Reporter
In a defiant move the French satirical magazine, which has been put together by the survivors of the attack and comes out on Wednesday, will feature cartoons depicting Mohammed and other figures, according to its lawyer, Richard Malka.
The cover, which was released on Monday night, shows the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign saying “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”), with the words “Tout est pardonné” (“All is forgiven”) above it on a green background.
Mr Malka said on French radio that this would send a message that the publication would “cede nothing” to extremists seeking to silence them.
“We will not give in. The spirit of ‘Je suis Charlie’ means the right to blaspheme. We will not give in, otherwise all this won’t have meant anything,” he said.
The issue will be printed in 16 languages for readers around the world, according to Patrick Pelloux, one of its columnists. The journal usually has a print run of 60,000 copies.
The survivors of the newsroom massacre last week, when 12 people were killed, have been putting the paper together from Paris’s Libération newspaper offices. Le Monde, the French daily, has provided the computers.
More than 3.7m people marched in the streets of Paris and across France on Sunday in a display of solidarity with the magazine in the face of the attacks, with many waving “Je Suis Charlie” signs.
More than 50 foreign leaders from Europe, the Middle East and Africa linked arms around President François Hollande at the start of the march.
Wednesday’s edition aims to raise fresh cash to ensure the survival of the weekly, which had been struggling.