French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has been inundated with fresh death threats after featuring two naked Muslims on the front cover this week.
Islamic terrorists sickened the world in January last year when brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the Paris-based satirical weekly newspaper and turned assault rifles on staff killing 11 people and injuring 11 others.
The reason was believed to be an anti-Muslim joke and image of Mohammed on the front cover.
Undaunted, the latest issue of the magazine features a naked man and woman running towards the shoreline of a beach.
The man’s penis can be seen through his long beard, and the woman is totally naked except for her veil over her head and shoulders and a caption below reads: “The reform of Islam: Muslims, loosen up” or “Musulmans decoincez vous”.
Charlie Hebdo bosses are so worried they have called in the French police.
Le Parisien newspaper reported the magazine – which continues to make fun of religion – remains a top target for Islamic extremists and on Thursday formally filed a complaint against an unknown person after receiving a string of serious threats.
More than 60 disturbing messages, insults, and anti-Semitic remarks were posted on the magazine’s Facebook page, including one saying ‘You’re going to die!”. Another message warned of an imminent terrorist attack.
An inquiry has been launched and French police are currently investigating the “very threatening death threats” made against Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and journalists.
Although the first incident was reported in June, number of threats rose dramatically after the latest edition hit the newsstands this week.
Charlie Hebdo’s editorial board has been under police protection since the January 2015 attacks.
The Algerian-descent brothers who committed the Charlie Hebdo atrocity in January 2015 also killed a French National Policeman outside the building.
The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, who took responsibility for the attack.
Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region, where a further five were killed and 11 wounded.
On January 11 about two million people, including more than 40 world leaders, met in Paris for a rally of national unity, and 3.7 million people joined demonstrations across France.
The phrase Je suis Charlie became a common slogan of support at the rallies and in social media.