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"I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity ... religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today." --Salman Rushdie, Time, 7 January 2015. [1]

"Thankfully, other doubters equipped with better tallying skills than I decided to look into this: A statistical analysis of Charlie Hebdo's content over the past ten years, particularly that of its front page, was published in Le Monde on February 25. It reveals not only that the publication was actually less obsessed with religion than is generally supposed, with only 7 percent of its front pages devoted to the subject, but also that the topic of Islam makes up less than a fifth of even these covers. When Charlie attacks religion--its contributors are particularly exercised by fundamentalism (of all stripes) and the hypocrisy of the clergy--Catholicism is most often the butt of its satire." --"Taken Liberties: Yve-Alain Bois on Charlie Hebdo", Yve-Alain Bois [2]

"L’étude des « unes » de 2005 à 2015 montre que le journal brocardait beaucoup plus les chrétiens que les musulmans, selon les sociologues Céline Goffette et Jean-François Mignot."[3]

"Dans leur tribune, Jean-François Mignot et Céline Goffette se proposent d’examiner les « unes » de Charlie Hebdo pour se demander si l’hebdomadaire est vraiment si « obsédé » – terme qu’ils emploient eux-mêmes entre guillemets – par l’islam que le suggèrent ces critiques. Leur méthode de démonstration repose sur une catégorisation thématique du contenu des « unes » publiées entre janvier 2005 et janvier 2015, suivi d’un décompte de la fréquence des thèmes ressortant de cette catégorisation. Sans grande surprise, leur tribune conclut de cette catégorisation que l’accusation d’une attention « obsessionnelle » à l’égard de l’islam dans les « unes » de Charlie Hebdo est infondée, dans la mesure où ce dernier fait beaucoup plus souvent sa « une » sur l’actualité politique (ou économique, ou sociale) française que sur la religion, et qu’en matière de religion, le catholicisme, via l’institution papale, s’y trouve beaucoup plus souvent visée que l’islam."--"Non, ‘Charlie Hebdo’ n’est pas obsédé par l’islam", Jean-François Mignot and Céline Goffette, Le Monde, February 24, 2015. [4]

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Charlie Hebdo (French for Charlie Weekly) is a French satirical weekly magazine, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes. Irreverent and stridently non-conformist in tone, the publication describes itself as above all secular, skeptic, and atheist, far-left-wing, and anti-racist publishing articles about the extreme right (especially the French nationalist National Front party), religion (Catholicism, Islam, Judaism), politics and culture.

The magazine has been the target of two terrorist attacks, in 2011 and 2015. Both were presumed to be in response to a number of controversial Muhammad cartoons it published. In the second of these attacks, 12 people were killed, including publishing director Charb and several other prominent cartoonists.

Charlie Hebdo first appeared in 1970 as a companion to the monthly Hara-Kiri magazine, after a previous title was banned for mocking the death of former French President Charles de Gaulle. In 1981 publication ceased, but the magazine was resurrected in 1992. Its current editor-in-chief is Gérard Biard. The previous editors were François Cavanna (1970–1981) and Philippe Val (1992–2009). The magazine is published every Wednesday, with special editions issued on an unscheduled basis.

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