Charlie Hebdo will print 3 million copies of a special issue of the satirical magazine, depicting the Prophet Muhammad on the cover, a week after an attack at its headquarters left a third of its journalists dead.
In its first post-attack edition, publishers of the weekly magazine will put the copies on newsstands worldwide in 16 languages on Jan. 14. The issue will feature a cartoon of Muhammad, crying, on a green background, holding a board saying “Je suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie.” Above his image is written “All is forgiven”
The magazine’s circulation has dropped over the years. While issues with covers depicting Muhammad sold about 100,000 copies, the magazine often printed 60,000 copies and sales sometimes didn’t exceed 30,000.
After the attack, French Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin pledged 1 million euros ($1.2 million) of state money to help the publication. Google Inc. (GOOGL) promised to give 250,000 euros, and U.K. daily The Guardian 125,000 euros. The French press association opened a bank account which is attracting donations from the public.
Charlie Hebdo has been published every Wednesday for the past 22 years. Religion, sex, death, politicians — nothing and no one has been off-limits. Five of its best known cartoonists – – who went by the pen names Charb, Honore, Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous — were among those killed in the shootings. Four members of the magazine’s newsroom are still in the hospital.