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Charlie Hebdo and the battle for freedom of speech

In 2006, Charlie Hebdo reprinted 12 controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that had been published by a Danish newspaper. In the aftermath of Jyllands-Posten's publication, riots were sparked around the world, leading to the deaths of some 140 people. Many print media shied away from symbolically republishing the cartoons as freedom of speech activists called for. Charlie Hebdo, known for its provocative satire, led the charge in France in favour of press freedom and satire.

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