Charlie Hebdo cartoonist: Work after attack “too much to bear”

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cartoonist Luz leaves Charlie Hebdo.

PARIS — French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is facing new problems, with a top cartoonist leaving because of the emotional burden after terrorists killed his colleagues, and divisions over how to use donations from around the world. Cartoonist Renald Luzier, who drew the newspaper’s first cover after the Jan 7 attack killed 12 people, said in an interview today (May 19) in the daily Liberation that each issue is “torture, because the others are no longer there”.

Meanwhile, the long-struggling paper’s editorial staff and management disagree over the €4.3 million (S$6.41 million) in donations received since January. Spending sleepless nights summoning the dead, wondering what Charb, Cabu, Honore, Tignous would have done is exhausting,” Luz said, referencing the cartoonists killed on January 7. Luz created the cover for the first issue after the attacks- a picture of the prophet with a sign saying “Je Suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie” under the words “All is forgiven”.

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