Iran condemns 'provocative' Hebdo cartoon

Iran condemns 'provocative' Hebdo cartoon

Iran has condemned Charlie Hebdo’s new issue as “provocative” and said the new cartoon by the weekly magazine is an insult to Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said today’s publication of the paper featuring another caricature of the prophet “provokes the sentiments of Muslims the world over”.

Iran has strongly condemned the deadly assault by two masked gunmen that killed 12 people last week, including much of the weekly’s editorial staff and two police officers.

Those who survived published an issue today with a print run of three million - more than 50 times the usual circulation. Its front page features a cartoon of a crying Prophet Mohammed holding a sign reading 'Je Suis Charlie'.

The print run has now been extended to five million following huge demand.

Ms Afkham said last week’s attack against the French satirical weekly was against Islam’s teaching.

But, she said, the latest cartoon is also insulting to the religion.

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