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)
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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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