French Magazine Charlie Hebdo Publishes Naked Pictures Mocking Prophet Muhammad

More unrest coming from Muslims as a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, publishes naked pictures mocking the Prophet Muhammad. The move set off a firestorm among Muslims and drew condemnation from the government of François Hollande.

The illustrations, some of which depicted Muhammad naked, hit newsstands across the country on Wednesday and were met with swift rebuke from the government of François Hollande, which had earlier urged the magazine, Charlie Hebdo, not to publish the cartoons, particularly in the current tense environment.

“In France, there is a principle of freedom of expression, which should not be undermined,” Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister, said in a French radio interview. “In the present context, given this absurd video that has been aired, strong emotions have been awakened in many Muslim countries. Is it really sensible or intelligent to pour oil on the fire?” Source

This comes on the heels of an anti-Muslim film, ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ which was spearheaded by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and promoted on 9/11 by Florida pastor Terry Jones, that sparked protests at U.S. embassies in the Middle East, and may have contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

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 French Magazine Charlie Hebdo Publishes Naked Pictures Mocking Prophet Muhammad
Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.