Charlie Hebdo publishes controversial cartoons on death of Alan Kurdi

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is being criticized online after publishing images playing off of the now infamous photo of drowned Syrian child Alan Kurdi.

Satirical magazine publishes images playing off of infamous photo of drowned child

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is once again provoking debate about freedom of speech after publishing satirical cartoons playing off of the now famous photo of drowned Syrian three-year-old Alan Kurdi.

In one cartoon, the child is depicted under a caption that says: "So close to his goal…" The image also shows a billboard featuring a character who resembles Ronald McDonald, that reads: "Two children's menus for the price of one."

Another cartoon includes a caption that says: "Proof that Europe is Christian. Christians walk on water...Muslim kids sink."

The cartoons are drawing a lot of criticism online:

Others have come to the magazine's defence, claiming Charlie Hebdo is trying to satirize Europe's response to the plight of refugees.

In January, the slogan "Je suis Charlie," became a popular rallying cry for supporters of the magazine — and of freedom of expression — after extremists, claiming affiliation with al-Qaeda in Yemen, carried out a massacre at the magazine's Paris offices.

In the following days brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi were pursued and eventually killed by French police. A third gunman — Amedy Coulibaly — was followed to a kosher grocery store where he murdered four more hostages and a police officer, before also being killed by police.


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