One Year Later, Charlie Hebdo Proves It's Very Much Alive
by Cassandra Vinograd
Nearly one year after the massacre at Charlie Hebdo's offices, the French satirical magazine has a message: It is very much alive — but the killer is still out there.
The magazine will release a special edition on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the Jan. 7 attack on its staff, the initial target in a multi-day terror spree which left 17 victims and three terrorists dead.
Charlie Hebdo is known for irreverent and controversial cartoons about religion, including depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.
The 32-page anniversary issue makes clear religion is not off-limits for the magazine — its cover features a cartoon of what appears to be a bloodied God with an assault rifle on his back
"One year later, the assassin is still on the run," reads the text above the cartoon, drawn by the magazine's director Laurent Sourisseau.
Sourisseau writes in a lengthy editorial that many people — extremists, other journalists, "fools and cowards" — wanted Charlie Hebdo's staff dead over the years for "daring to laugh at religion" or for being an anomaly of sincere media.
"Many hoped that one day someone would come put us in our places," said Sourisseau, also known as Riss. "Yes, many hoped that we would be killed."
He wrote that over the years, "death" loomed over Charlie Hebdo — financial risks threatened its existence then came threats over the magazine's content.
However, "the taste for life made us forget the fear of death," Riss wrote.
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