Remaining defiant in the wake of the killings last week in its Paris headquarters, the remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo on Monday night debuted the cover of the next issue, featuring a tearful Prophet Muhammad holding a sign with the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” — “I Am Charlie.”
The cover, bearing the headline “Tout Est Pardonne” (“All Is Forgiven”), was initially released on the website of the French newspaper Libération, which is allowing the satirical magazine’s staff to use work from its offices. With Charlie Hebdo‘s headquarters still a crime scene, its surviving employees are using equipment on loan from Le Monde.
“We will not give in,” the magazine’s attorney Richard Malka told France Info radio. “The spirit of ‘I am Charlie’ means the right to blaspheme.”
Two masked gunmen, later identified as jihadist brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, shot and killed 12 people, including five cartoonists, Jan. 7 at Charlie Hebdo‘s offices. The Kouachis were themselves killed following a standoff with French special forces.
A record 3 million copies of the magazine will be published Wednesday — a dramatic increase from the usual 60,000 — and distributed in 16 languages to 25 countries, some of which, like the United States and United Kingdom, will be receiving Charlie Hebdo for the first time. The issue will remain on sale for eight weeks.
According to Agence France-Presse, the magazine had been “sliding towards bankruptcy” before the attack, but it has since received pledges of support from the French government and from media groups. Revenue from the sales of this week’s issue are expected to help Charlie Hebdo regain its financial footing.
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