In solidarity, Spanish monthly retweets Charlie Hebdo cartoon

7th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

A Spanish satirical magazine retweeted a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in solidarity with the French weekly after Wednesday's deadly attack.

Some of the best-known cartoonists in France were among the 12 killed when gunmen stormed the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, which gained worldwide notoriety for repeatedly publishing caricatures of the prophet.

"Today we are all #CharlieHebdo and we back freedom of expression," the editor of Spanish monthly Mongolia, Gonzalo Boye, said on his Twitter account.

He accompanied the message with an image by a French cartoonist known as Cabu, who was killed in the attack on the magazine, that depicts the prophet with his head in his hands below the caption "Mohammed Overwhelmed by Fundamentalists".

Charlie Hebdo published the cartoon on its front page in February 2006 when it reprinted 12 cartoons of Mohammed published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten the previous year in a statement for freedom of expression.

The cartoons, including one showing a bomb in place of a turban, prompted violent protests in Muslim countries.

"There is no reason why religious freedom for some people should come above the freedom of expression of others," Boyle added in another Twitter message.

Mongolia, founded in 2012 by a small group of disaffected journalists, cartoonists and writers, offers a vibrant mix of cartoon strips, spoof letters to the editor and bizarre, often psychedelic, graphics, taking aim at Spain's institutions.

El Jueves, another Spanish satirical magazine, posted on its web page a cartoon of an overturned ink bottle spilling out blood, under the headline "Bad time for humour".

"Solidarity with our companions at Charlie Hebdo," the weekly, which has been published since 1977, wrote in a Twitter message.

© 2015 AFP

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