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Published on 6 November 2017

#France - Charlie Hebdo gets fresh death threats over new cartoon

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo said Monday 6th of November it was pressing charges after receiving fresh death threats over a cartoon of the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan who faces rape allegations.

Published on the 6th November 2017 in The Jakarta Post

The provocative magazine, which suffered a deadly jihadist attack in 2015 after publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, depicted Ramadan with a huge erection in its edition last Wednesday, saying: "I am the sixth pillar of Islam."

The Swiss academic, an Oxford professor and conservative Islamic intellectual in France, has been accused of rape by two women after the Harvey Weinstein scandal unleashed a wave of sexual abuse accusations worldwide.

Ramadan, 55, has furiously denied the accusations as a "campaign of lies launched by my adversaries".

"Rape," reads the caption on Charlie Hebdo's cover. "The defence of Tariq Ramadan."

Laurent "Riss" Sourisseau, the magazine's editor, said the threats and hate mail had "never really stopped" after the January 2015 jihadist attack in which 12 people were gunned down at its offices. 

"Sometimes there are peaks when we receive explicit death threats on social media -- this has been the case once again," he told Europe 1 radio.

"It's always difficult to know if these are serious threats or not, but as a principle, we take them seriously and press charges."

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