The editor of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French newspaper that was subjected to a fatal terrorism attack for cartoons it published, announced a cave of sorts to the radical Islamist crowd – specifically, that it wouldn't include among its pages any more perceived offensive images of the Muslim prophet.
"We have drawn Mohammad to defend the principle that one can draw whatever one wants," said Laurent Sourisseau, the magazine's leading editor, in an interview the the German publication Stern. "It is a big strange though: we are expected to exercise a freedom of expression that no one dares to. We've done our job. We have defended the right to caricature."
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On Jan. 7, the news outlet was hit by terrorists, who ultimately killed 12, including the top editor and several cartoonists. Al-Qaida in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out because the news outlet published cartoon images of Muhammad.
Sourisseau didn't describe his news outlet's new policy as a cave to radical Islamists but rather as a natural progression, and that the paper had proven its point.
"We still believe that we have the right to criticize all religions," he said, Entertainment Weekly reported. "The mistakes you could blame Islam for can be found in other religions."