In a stark contrast to the past policy, the French magazine Charlie Hebdo has decided to stop printing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
The magazine has previously provoked outrage among Muslims by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, whose image is considered blasphemous by many followers of Islam.
Its “survivors’ issue”, the first to be published after January’s attack, featured a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the front page, according to France24.
However, Charlie Hebdo editor Laurent Sourisseau – also known by his pen name “Riss” – recently told German magazine Stern that the Prophet Mohammed would no longer appear in the magazine’s pages.
“We have drawn Mohammed to defend the principle that one can draw whatever they want. We’ve done our job. We have defended the right to caricature,” Sourisseau said, writes Newsweek.
“We still believe that we have the right to criticize all religions,” he added.
Riss took over as Charlie Hebdo’s editor in the wake of January attack, which he survived by playing dead. He took over the role from Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, who was killed in the massacre, writes France24.