Charlie Hebdo



January 30

Gunmen raid the EU’s offices in Gaza, demanding an apology over the cartoons.


September 30

Cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist with a bomb, published by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.


January 31

Danish paper apologizes for publishing cartoons.


January 10

Norwegian newspaper Magazinet reprints the cartoons.


January 1, 2017

Mohamed Geele, a 28-year-old Somali Muslim, enters Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard’s house with an axe and knife. He is shot by police, and later jailed for nine years for attempted murder and terrorism.


January 2, 2017

Charlie Hebdo releases a 65-page special edition illustrated biography of the Muslim prophet.


February 1, 2017

Newspapers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain reprint the caricatures in defiance.


February 4, 2017 - February 7, 2017

Danish and Norwegian embassies attacked across Middle East.


February 6, 2017

Charlie Hebdo sued by Muslim groups for publicly “insulting” Islam. Francois Hollande testifies in favour of freedom of expression.


february 8, 2017

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo republishes the cartoons along with its own front page of Mohammed, saying: “It’s hard to be loved by imbeciles.”


November 2, 2017

Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices are burned in an apparent arson attack on day after it publishes issue with the Prophet Mohammed as “editor-in-chief”. He is depicted on the front page saying: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter”


March 19

Video from Osama bin Laden threatens EU over reprinting of the cartoon, which he claims is part of a “new Crusade” against Islam led by the Pope.


September 19

Charlie Hebdo once again publishes cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed just one year after arson attack. The front cover, with the headline “The Untouchables 2”, shows the Prophet in a wheelchair saying “You musn’t mock”. Another cartoon inside the magazine depicts the Prophet naked.


September 20

-Riot police deployed around Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris and the magazine’s website is attacked.
-Two Muslim organisations launched legal proceedings against Charlie Hebdo, accusing it of inciting racial hatred.


March 22

Charlie Hebdo cleared of “racial insults” for publishing controversial Danish cartoons.


January 27

Protests begin to spread across the Middle East.