By Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque (“Zunar”)
I strongly condemn the killing of four cartoonists from the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine. Acts of violence, barbarity and brutality are against Islamic teaching.
7th January should be declared as “World Cartoonist’s Day” to honour Stéphane Charbonnier, Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous.
My stand is clear – every cartoonist should be allowed to criticise parties through his/her cartoons. Any disagreement over the said cartoons should be responded in a civilized manner, i.e intellectual discourses, open debates and other civilized damage-control methods.
Even though we do not agree with the contents, we should respect the cartoonists’ rights to express their views.
Charlie Hebdo recently published a cartoon about an Islamic State leader. In 2011, they also published a series of cartoons about the Prophet Mohamed (pbuh).
In regards to Islamic content issues, as a Muslim myself, I would like to challenge the Muslim authorities around the world to work closer with cartoonists to produce cartoons that can show the true image of Islam – a religion of peace, tolerance and moderation.
Terror is unacceptable in civilized world.