Charlie Hebdo to publish comic book on Prophet

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 06:09 hrs

Johannesburg: A French weekly newspaper will release a comic book biography of Prophet Mohammed.

Satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has on several occasions depicted Islam's prophet in an effort to defend free speech and defy the anger of Muslims who believe depicting Mohammed is sacrilegious.

Charlie Hebdo's publisher and the comic's illustrator, said that the new book is a 'biography authorised by Islam since it was edited by Muslims,' News24 reports.

According to the report, the biography will be published on Wednesday and was put together by a Franco-Tunisian researcher known only as Zineb, Charb said.

The publisher said the idea for the comic book came to him in 2006 when a newspaper in Denmark published cartoons of Mohammed, later republished by Charlie Hebdo, drawing angry protests across the Muslim world.

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