The French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo continues to choose resilience, marking the one-year anniversary of the fatal attack on its offices with one of its most provocative covers yet.
The cover features a deranged-looking bearded man with a likeness to the most common illustrations of God, a Kalashnikov rifle slung over his shoulder and text that reads, “One year on: the assassin is still at large.”
The image implies that God is responsible for the two gunmen storming their offices and killing 12 people on January 7, 2015. The caption suggests that despite the fact that the two brothers who carried out the attack were shot dead in a shootout with police, the "real" assassin is still at large.
Included in the special edition will be a collection of cartoons by five of the artists who were killed in last year’s attack and some from external contributors.
There will also be an "angry" editorial written by Laurent Sourisseau — who took over management of the publication after the attack — in defense of secularism.
The editorial reportedly denounces, “Fanatics brutalized by the Koran” and people of other religions who are against the weekly magazine for “daring to laugh at the religious.”
The magazine's staff feels that despite the outpouring of support and donations received following the massacre, they are still alone in their fight to use satire against intimidation.
“We feel terribly alone. We hoped that others would do satire too,” said financial director Eric Portheault. “No one wants to join us in this fight because it’s dangerous. You can die doing it.”
This new anniversary cover, however, proves that despite being lone-wolves in their efforts, they will continue with their controversial, provocative style without fear of condemnation.
There will also be subdued ceremonies taking place throughout France under heavy security in memory of the lives lost in the shooting with soldiers protecting official buildings and religious sites, according to The Guardian.
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