While journalists and news outlets worldwide continue to struggle with the decision to print Charlie Hebdo's latest depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, one thing is for sure. Charlie Hebdo is not worried, and the satirical newspaper's resolve to continue moving forward is strong.
On Monday, Charlie Hebdo revealed its newest cover, the first since gunmen launched an attack on the paper's Paris office, killing 12 people. During a press conference Tuesday, editor-in-chief Gerard Briard provided the media with more information on the upcoming edition of the paper .
"We are happy to have done it," Briard said, later adding that, when the editors first saw the new cartoon, they "burst out laughing" and "jumped up with joy."
The paper will print 3 million copies of the new edition, said Briard, with the help of Libération and other organizations that had guaranteed staffers and resources. He added that the issue will be translated into multiple languages, including English, Italian, Spanish and Arabic.
As the newspaper continues to work through one of the worst attacks on media in history, Briard reaffirmed that the terrorists have not won.
“There is a future, but we don't know yet what it will resemble," Briard said Tuesday. "There will be a newspaper. There will be no interruption."
Renald Luzier, the cartoonist who drew the new cover, told the press conference audience that, despite many concerns from news outlets over whether or not to reprint the images, the staff of Charlie Hebdo stands behind the cover.
"I am not worried about the cover because people are intelligent," Luzier said. "If this did anything, it made people take to the streets. It has been a while since people took to the streets in Paris. I want the spirit of Charlie to prevail not just in Charlie, but everywhere. If we can make ideas live, we can win."