‘Charlie Hebdo’ Artist Behind Muhammad Cover Quits Publication

The man behind one of Charlie Hebdo’s most recognizable cover cartoons has resigned. Artist Ronald Luzier drew the image of Islam’s prophet Muhammad crying while holding a sign that read “Je Suis Charlie” alongside the headline “All Is Forgiven,” following the deadly terrorist attack on the paper’s headquarters in January. The satirical French magazine released the cover just days after radical Muslim gunmen stormed the publication’s office, massacring 12 people. Charlie Hebdo had a reputation for running images many people found offensive, including cartoons depicting Muhammad, which some Muslims believe is blasphemous. In an interview with Liberation, Luz (as he is known) said, “Each issue is torture because the others are gone … Spending sleepless nights summoning the dead, wondering what Charb, Cabu, Honore, Tignous [colleagues who were killed] would have done is exhausting.” Luz has worked at Charlie Hebdo for more than 20 years, and now says he no longer plans on drawing images of Muhammad …

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