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La République du Centre - France | Friday, February 9, 2007

The requested acquittal of 'Charlie Hebdo'

"There is no need to draw a picture: it is highly probable that the satirical weekly 'Charlie Hebdo' is going to escape any thunderbolt from Paris's criminal court", comments the editorialist Jacques Camus after the closure on Thursday, February 8th, of the trial hearing of 'Charlie Hebdo, accused of public defamation' by several Muslim organisations for having printed the caricatures of the prophet Mohammed. The prosecutor called for acquittal, with adjudication due to be announced on March 15th. "The Grande Mosquée de Paris and the Union des Organisations Islamiques de France (UOIF), made a mistake. By placing the debate in a legal arena, these organisations contributed to a confrontation of major principles that could not have been turned to their advantage. Freedom of expression was being attacked. In a secular republic it would be impossible to accept infringement of democratic values."

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