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article imageGerman satirical magazine 'Titanic' to publish Mohammed issue

By Katerina Nikolas     Sep 24, 2012 in World
As protests rage across the Muslim world and Europe in reaction to the film "Innocence of Muslims" and the Mohammed cartoons published by French magazine "Charlie Hebdo", German magazine "Titanic" plans an issue with cartoons of Muslims on its cover.
German satirical magazine "Titanic" is not afraid to stir controversy. In July Pope Benedict XVI took the magazine to court. "Titanic" published a cover lampooning the Vatileaks Scandal, illustrated with an image of the Pope soiling himself, with the headline "The Leak Has Been Found."
CBS reported "Titanic" announced on Thursday that it plans "to publish a cover depicting an angry Muslim about to stab former German First Lady Bettina Wulff." Whether or not the angry Muslim is meant to depict the Prophet Mohammed has not yet been revealed.
When Der Spiegel asked Titanic's editor-in-chief Leo Fischer if the cartoon depicts Mohammed, Fischer replied "I don't know for sure. It is a scene from a film." He did however say "everybody is talking about Muhammad and we are reacting."
Fischer went on to say: "Titanic has never had an extensive number of German-Muslim readers. Should this issue result in new subscribers among Muslim satire fans, I would have nothing against it."
When asked if he was afraid of extremists Fischer replied: "I consider the view that European Muslims are nothing more than sword-swinging crazies to be racist. I am relying on their understanding -- and on their indifference."
Last Friday Germany took the precaution of closing its embassies in the Muslim world, anticipating violence in reaction to the film "Innocence of Muslims" and the publication of Mohammed cartoons in French magazine "Charlie Hebdo." Der Spiegel reported an angry mob set fire to the German Embassy in Khartoum.
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