Zunar referred to the cartoonists Stéphane Charbonnier (pen name “Charb”), Jean Cabut (“Cabu”), George Wolinski and Bernard Velhac (“Tignous”); a fifth cartoonist, Philippe Honoré, was later named among the victims who died.
Zunar, who received the 2011 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from the Cartoonist Rights Network International, made a point of condemning the attack against the satirical weekly.
“Acts of violence, barbarity and brutality are against Islamic teaching,” Zunar, who is Muslim, told Comic Riffs.
“My stand is clear: Every cartoonist should be allowed to criticize parties through his [or] her cartoons,” Zunar told The Post in an e-mail. “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.”
Zunar also urged a unity of purpose in the aftermath of the attack, the suspects of which reportedly include at least confirmed jihadist.
“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 a civilized world.”