4 Cartoonists Killed In Attack On Charlie Hebdo Newspaper

Four editorial cartoonists were killed in an attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, according to French media s...

Four editorial cartoonists were killed in an attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, according to French media sources.

The newspaper's editor-in-chief, Stéphane Charbonnier, who was known as "Charb," and also cartooned for the publication, was gunned down. He had led the newspaper since 2012. Also killed were well-known cartoonists Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous.


Charlie Hebdo's cartoonist Charb attends a press conference at Theatre du Rond-Point on November 3, 2011 in Paris, France.

At least 8 other people were killed in the suspected terror attack.

Charlie Hebdo had a long history of publishing cartoons that lampooned Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. In 2011, its offices were firebombed a day after publishing a cartoon naming Muhammad as its new editor-in-chief.


This 2011 cartoon reads "100 lashes if you don't die of laughter." The Hebdo offices were firebombed after publication of the issue in which it appeared.


Charlie Hebdo's cartoonist Cabu attends a press conference at Theatre du Rond-Point on November 3, 2011 in Paris, France

Charbonnier, defending his decision to publish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2012, said "Muhammad isn't sacred to me. I don't blame Muslims for not laughing at our drawings. I live under French law. I don't live under Koranic law."

One of the offending cartoons is below:



In 2011, the newspaper published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad as gay. Its website was hacked as a result.



The last cartoon Charbonnier drew makes light of the constant threats Charlie Hebdo faced:

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/07/cartoonists-killed-attack_n_6428962.html?utm_hp_ref=tw 

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