Today, Charlie Hebdo magazine published the first issue since last week’s tragic events in Paris. 5 million copies are to be printed, in contrast to the normal circulation of 40,000. The defiant cover features a tearful cartoon Prophet Muhammad, while inside, the magazine remains a carnival of satire and controversy that attacks radical jihadists, the Pope and right-wing politicians for joining the viral ‘Je suis Charlie’ movement throughout the last week. Signed drawings by murdered cartoonists Wolinski, Cabu Tignous and Charb cover the first two pages of the magazine.
The attack has provoked numerous responses from around the globe, prompting hacktivist group Anonymous to target terrorist Twitter accounts. While tech industry giants Facebook, Google and Apple issued statements on the subject of free speech, David Cameron declared controversial intentions to push for increased surveillance of UK internet communications, suggesting the reintroduction of a ‘Snooper’s Charter’. This morning an Al-Qaeda cell based in Yemen claimed responsibility for the barbaric acts, a tragedy that has chilled the European news media into self-censure, and thrown Europe into moral confusion. Contrary to the cover of today’s Charlie Hebdo, it is likely to be a very long time until “all is forgiven”.