- The Washington Times - Monday, January 12, 2015

The newest edition of Charlie Hebdo will include cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, as the French satirical magazine continues to stand defiantly against Islamic extremism following an attack on its Paris offices that left 12 people dead.

The magazine’s first issue since the attack will have a print run of 1 million copies, compared with its usual 60,000 a week, and will be half its usual length at eight pages long. It’s set to publish Wednesday and will be translated into 16 languages, The Telegraph reported.

The new issue will “naturally” contain cartoons of Muhammad, according to the magazine’s lawyer, Richard Malka.

“We will not give in otherwise all this won’t have meant anything,” he told France Info radio on Monday. “Humor without self-deprecation isn’t humor. We mock ourselves, politicians, religions; it’s a state of mind you need to have.”

“The Charlie state of mind is the right to blaspheme,” he added, The Telegraph reported.

Asked whether it’s been difficult to work on a new issue so soon after the attack, Mr. Malka said, “It’s complicated, because we have to manage the future, the funerals that will take place all this week, but it’s moving forward and will be completed this evening.”

“It’s an act of life, of survival,” he added.

Cartoonist Renald Luzier, better known as Luz, said working on the issue was keeping him and colleagues sane.

“We’re getting by. We are having less nightmares. We are trying to put a magazine together and find some calm and inspiration. It’s not easy,” he said, The Telegraph reported.

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