Charlie Hebdo: Satirical magazine is no stranger to controversy

Armed gunmen face police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday.

(CNN) – Charlie Hebdo, the French magazine where gunmen killed journalists and police in a brazen lunchtime attack Wednesday, is no stranger to controversy.

The Paris-based weekly satirical magazine, which was founded in 1970, became famous for its daring takedowns of politicians, public figures and religious symbols of all faiths.

And although the motive behind Wednesday’s massacre is not yet clear, Charlie Hebdo’s publishing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in recent years has angered some Muslims and made it a target for attacks.

In November 2011 Charlie Hebdo’s office was burned down on the same day the magazine was due to release an issue with a cover that appeared to poke fun at Islamic law. The cover cartoon depicted a bearded and turbaned cartoon figure of the Prophet Mohammed with a bubble saying, “100 lashes if you’re not dying of laughter.”

In September 2012, as France was closing embassies in about 20 countries amid the global furor over the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” the magazine published an issue featuring a cartoon that appeared to depict a naked Mohammed, along with a cover that appeared to depict Mohammed being pushed in a wheelchair by an Orthodox Jew.
 
 
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