Charlie Hebdo will no longer feature cartoons depicting Muhammad in wake of attack

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Satirical French Magazine Charlie Hebdo has made the decision to no longer draw cartoons that depict the Islamic prophet Muhammad in wake of January's terror attack on its headquarters.

"We've done our job. We have defended the right to caricature," top editor Laurent "Riss" Sourisseau told Stern Magazine in piece published this week. "We still believe that we have the right to criticize all religions. The mistakes you could blame Islam for can be found in other religions."

Sourisseau elaborated to the German publication by reminding readers of Charlie Hebdo's core mission, and that the cartoons merely represented a right to free speech. However, due to the tragedy the magazine will no longer publish cartoons of the sort.

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Author Salman Rushdie (L) stands with Gerard Biard (C), editor-in-chief of the Paris-based satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, and critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret (R) during the annual PEN American Center Literary Gala May 5, 2015 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The PEN freedom of expression award is being given to the Charlie Hebdo magazine. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Police stand guard outside the American Museum of Natural History May 5, 2015 in New York where the Paris-based satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Gerard Biard and critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret will receive the PEN freedom of expression award during the annual PEN American Center Literary Gala. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Charlie Hebdo film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret attends the PEN American Center Literary Gala at American Museum of Natural History on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: (L-R): Andrew Solomon President of the Board of Trustees of PEN American Center, Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Gerard Biard, Suzanne Nossel Executive Director of PEN American Center and Charlie Hebdo film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret attend the PEN American Center Literary Gala at American Museum of Natural History on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Gerard Biard attends the PEN American Center Literary Gala at American Museum of Natural History on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Charlie Hebdo film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret attends the PEN American Center Literary Gala at American Museum of Natural History on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Charlie Hebdo film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret attends the PEN American Center Literary Gala at American Museum of Natural History on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Gerard Biard accepts PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award onstage at the PEN American Center Literary Gala at American Museum of Natural History on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Gerard Biard (R), editor-in-chief of the Paris-based satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, and ritic Jean-Baptiste Thoret (L) speak during the annual PEN American Center Literary Gala May 5, 2015 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The PEN freedom of expression award was given to the Charlie Hebdo magazine. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Charlie Hebdo film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret (L) and Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor, The New Yorker speaks onstage at the PEN American Center Literary Gala at American Museum of Natural History on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Charlie Hebdo film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret attends the PEN American Center Literary Gala at American Museum of Natural History on May 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Ambulances gather in the street outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
An injured person is transported to an ambulance after a shooting, at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of the newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A bullet impact is seen in a window of a building next to the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 12 people, including the paper's editor, before escaping in a getaway car. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Forensic experts examine the car believed to have been used as the escape vehicle by gunmen who attacked the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo)
An injured person is transported to an ambulance after a shooting, at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing at least 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. The weekly has previously drawn condemnation from Muslims. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
FILE - In this Sept.19, 2012 file photo, Stephane Charbonnier also known as Charb , the publishing director of the satyric weekly Charlie Hebdo, displays the front page of the newspaper as he poses for photographers in Paris. The late former editor of French weekly Charlie Hebdo takes on politicians, the media and "Islamophobia" as thinly veiled racism in a posthumously published book that was completed two days before he died in France's worst terror attack in years. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, people hold candles and a placard reading "I am Charlie" as they gather to commemorate the victims of a terror attack against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Jewish communities around the world faced an "explosion of hatred" last year, with the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks rising by 38 percent, according to a report released Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Israeli researchers. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, people gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine, in Paris. Jewish communities around the world faced an "explosion of hatred" last year, with the number of violent anti-Semitic attacks rising by 38 percent, according to a report released Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Israeli researchers. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
Journalist hold up their press cards during a minute of silence outside the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, a day after masked gunmen stormed the offices of a satirical newspaper and killed 12 people. Protesters in some U.S. cities — repeating the viral online slogan "Je Suis Charlie" or "I Am Charlie"— demonstrated against the deadly terror attack on a Paris newspaper office, joining thousands around the world who took to the streets to rally against the killings. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A woman has taped her mouth displaying the word Freedom on the tape, as she gathers with several thousand people in solidarity with victims of two terrorist attacks in Paris, one at the office of weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo and another at a kosher market, front of the Brandenburg Gate near the French embassy in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Mourners hold signs depicting victim's eyes during a rally in support of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper that fell victim to an terrorist attack, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Union Square in New York. French officials say 12 people were killed when masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the periodical that had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Workers install a giant banner reading “I am Charlie” for victims of the shooting at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, on the Cannes Festival Palace, in Cannes, southeastern France, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. 12 people were killed last Jan. 7 in a terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
A teddy bear with "Charlie" written on it lays on the statue of the place de la Republique, three months after the terror attack against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Place de la Republique, in Paris, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Three months ago, masked Islamic extremists stormed the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people in the beginning of three days of terror. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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Charlie Hebdo headquarters was attacked in January by members of ISIS in response to illustrations in the magazine that spoofed the Prophet Muhammad. Twelve people were killed in the attack.

A week after, Charlie Hebdo released an eight-page edition in 16 different languages with a cover featuring the Prophet Muhammad — the image the magazine was targeted at for publishing–with a single tear saying, "All is Forgiven."

"Je Suis Charlie" has become synonymous with support of the newspaper and free expression after the the website of Charlie Hebdo went offline shortly after the shooting — when it became live again, it bore the phrase on a black background.

Mediaite reported that after the attack, multiple writers of the magazine had said that drawing Muhammad had become a painful subject for them.

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