Iran Condemns Charlie Hebdo’s Insulting Cartoon as “Provocative”

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham

We condemn the French weekly’s provocative move, because it hurts the sentiments of Muslims, said the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday lashed out at the satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo for printing a cartoon of the prophet of Islam on the cover, describing it as a repeated provocative move.

“We condemn the French weekly’s provocative move, because it hurts the sentiments of Muslims,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in her weekly press conference on Wednesday.

“The abuse of freedom of expression in the West is unacceptable,” she underlined.

Her comments came in response to a Wednesday’s edition of the French magazine showing a cartoon on the cover that depicts Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign.

The slogan in French “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) was widely used following the January 7 attack on the magazine.

Three million copies of Wednesday’s edition have been printed.

The French magazine has repeatedly provoked Muslim ire by publishing cartoons mocking holy Prophet Muhammad.

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Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.

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