French Magazine Charlie Hebdo Will Stop Printing Caricatures Of Mohammed

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.

http://www.newsweek.com/charlie-hebdo-will-cease-publishing-cartoons-prophet-muhammad-355272

http://www.france24.com/en/20150721-charlie-hebdo-editor-no-more-prophet-mohammed-cartoons

ISIS Militant Jihadi John May Still Have Bank Account In U.K. – And Be Withdrawing Money From It

The British ISIS militant known as “Jihadi John” may still have access to a U.K. bank account, claims the publication The Independent.  The 26-year-old Londoner, whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, has appeared in several propaganda videos showing the brutal murders of international hostages.

However, despite the atrocities he has committed, any assets held by Emwazi have not been frozen by the Treasury, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

The newspaper referenced a report by David Anderson QC, which looked into the operation of the “Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (Tafa)” in the year to September 2014.

The act gives the Treasury the power to freeze the assets of individuals and groups who are thought to be involved in terrorism, whether in the U.K. or abroad – even if they have not been charged with or convicted of an offense.

Only 25 individuals are currently affected by the law – and Emwazi is not among them, claims The Independent.

More here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11472133/Jihadi-John-keeps-his-bank-account-after-Treasury-freezes-assets-of-only-a-handful-of-Islamic-terrorists.html

(Updated post)