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Mixed reaction to Charlie Hebdo’s 'Survivors Edition'

The new edition, which featured a caricature of a tearful Muhammad, has sold millions of copies.

FILE: Employees hang a huge flag in the Town Hall during a demonstration at the Bolivar square in Bogota on 14 January 2015 in solidarity with those killed in the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has received mixed reactions to its latest cover.

The new edition, featuring a caricature of a tearful Muhammad holding a "Je suis Charlie" sign under the words "All is forgiven", has sold millions of copies.

British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed support for the magazine's right to publish whatever they liked within the confines of the law.

While most Western leaders held a similar view on the magazine's right to freedom of speech Pope Francis, who has condemned the Paris attacks, said it was wrong to provoke others by insulting their religion.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday aboard a flight from Sri Lanka to the Phillipines, the Pope said, "Everyone has not only the freedom and the right but the obligation to say what he thinks for the common good ... we have the right to have this freedom openly without offending".

This statement comes after the publication's founding member Henri Roussel accused slain editor Stephane Charbonnier of "dragging the team" to their deaths because of his stubborn nature.

Roussel, who publishes under the pen-name Delfeil de Ton, wrote in French magazine Nouvel Obs this week, asking "What made him feel the need to drag the team into overdoing it?"

The French Council of the Muslim Religion and the Union of French Islamic Organizations has asked Muslim communities to "stay calm and avoid emotive reactions that are incompatible with its dignity ... while respecting freedom of opinion".

People took to Twitter to air their views on the matter.

Manchester City and Ivory Coast football star Yaya Toure urged the media to be more respectful in its attitude towards religion after the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Soccer star Yaya Toure: "I fear for my friends in Paris." http://t.co/wL3L9yP7rU #CNNFC pic.twitter.com/3Dh6PfQC1F

A Twitter user speaks out on the arrest of comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala

#CharlieHebdo glorified religious insults but hey freedom of speech but when a comedian glorifies something just as wrong he gets arrested?

A Twitter user makes it clear that Islam does not support terrorism.

The terrorists just represent themselves, they don't represent any religion or nationality.

#CharlieHebdo pic.twitter.com/hUumElVtv9

  • Dima Alhaj Yousef (@DimaAlhajYouse) January 15, 2015 Turkish publication Yeni Akit reacts to this week's edition of Charlie Hebdo. A Turkish court Wednesday banned website pages that showed the new cover of Charlie Hebdo

Pro-Erdogan newspaper Yeni Akit reacts to this week's edition of #CharlieHebdo: http://t.co/gGqo8Khyud #Turkey pic.twitter.com/Z0RsuYW0Wi

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