EUROPEAN CULTURAL ISLAMIC CONFLICT
The offices of French satirical weekly ‘Charlie-Hebdo’ have been destroyed, on Tuesday 11/01/2011 night, by a petrol bomb, a day after it named the Prophet Mohammed as its “editor-in-chief” for this week’s issue (see also – 09/2005 Danish Muhammad Cartoons).
The fiercely anti-clerical magazine said the move, which included renaming the last publication “Sharia Hebdo, was intended to “celebrate” the victory of Islamist party Ennhada in Tunisia’s election (see – Arab Indication).
“In order fittingly to celebrate the Islamist Ennahda’s win in Tunisia and the NTC (National Transitional Council) president’s promise that shariaa would be the main source of law in Libya, Charlie Hebdo asked Mohammed to be guest editor,” said a statement (see also – Gaddafi-Lynch ).
The weekly has been rebaptised Sharia Hebdo for the occasion, and will feature on its cover a picture of Mohammed saying: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter!”. The weekly’s publisher, known as Charb, rejected accusations that he was trying to provoke.
Charlie Hebdo’s website on Wednesday appeared also to have been hacked and briefly showed images of a mosque with the message “no God but Allah,” after which the site was blanked.
Police said nobody was injured in the fire that broke out at about 1 a.m. (midnight GMT) in the office building that houses Charlie Hebdo. Windows were broken on the ground floor and first floor and fire damage was visible inside. The Paris prosecutor’s office told Reuters that two molotov cocktails had been thrown into the magazine’s offices.
“The building is still standing. The problem is there’s nothing left inside,” Stephane Charbonnier, editor of Charlie Hebdo, told Europe 1 radio.
No doubt that freedom of speech is still an issue between the Islamic community in Europe and the liberal European constitutions – which still protect full freedom of speech (see – Cultural Conflict).
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