A German joke
On January 7 2015, two Islamic terrorists attacked the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 reporters. Terrorists claimed that the magazine cartoons mocked at Islam.
Two years later after the jihadist attack, the French magazine has decided to launch a German edition. Both Germany and France face similar social issues, like how to deal with national identity and how to integrate thousands of immigrants from different religions into their cultures. These are also the issues that concern Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, despite Germany and France have very different senses of humor. Actually, it is a common joke in Europe to say that Germans don't have a sense of irony at all, but the magazine editors are pretty sure they have an audience in the neighboring country too.
The first issue of Charlie Hebdo in German language was as controversial as expected. The Front Cover shows Chancellor Angel Merkel laying atop a platform with a mechanic, commenting that “with a new exhaust, she’ll be good to go another four years”. (and also asserting that Volkswagen, the carmaker hit by an emissions cheating scandal, “stands behind Merkel”). Inside, it featured a poster showing Merkel sitting on a toilet and reading the weekly, with the slogan: “Charlie Hebdo – it’s liberating.”
German newspapers welcomed the magazine, despite its polemical cartoons. Freedom of expression and religion 1 - fear to terrorism and censure 0.
As reported in The Guardian