The satirical Spanish magazine, El Jueves, has published a magazine cover, showing a line up of men in Islamic outfits as a parody of recent controversial cartoons. The text of the cover reads, "But how do they know which one is Muhammad?"
According to Islam, it is an offense to portray an image of the Prophet. However, the Barcelona-based magazine's editor, Mayte Quílez, told the Huffington Post, that the caricature “does not intend to portray Muhammad. It's a parody of the situation we are experiencing. … If you can’t depict Muhammad, how do you know it is him in the cartoons?”
The original cartoon can be viewed here.
Speaking of the controversy with the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, Quílez says that in the case of El Jueves, they are playing "with the double meaning, which is a humorous one," adding that the magazine editors had been "thinking a lot about it because it is a contentious issue, but we decided that we had to position ourselves within the debate on freedom of expression in satirical media."
The magazine's editor defends the cover by saying that it is "great, very humorous" asserting that it is not in any way "disrespectful to religion but rather to intransigence".
"We're against an intransigent group which pressurizes and kills in the name of something," she explains. "We get to be disrespectful and with humor we can reach the limit."
Jose Luis Martin, an El Jueves' editorial board member told the Efe news agency, "Someone won't like it but we can't hold our tongue. Caricaturists can't censor themselves every time there is the risk of a violent response."
"On one side there is freedom of speech. At the opposite [side] there are all kinds of religious extremism - Catholic, Islamic and Jewish."
El Jueves website error message
According to the Spanish media, the country's embassy in Egypt warned Spanish nationals in the country to take precautions following the publication of this issue of the magazine.
However, on top of publishing the satirical cartoon and receiving warnings from Egypt, it seems the magazine's website has now been hacked.
When trying to access the home page, a cartoon is displayed, showing a goblin smashing a computer with a hammer, accompanied by the words: "¡No podemos más!" or "We can't [run any more]". This may, or possibly may not, be the normal error message for the website, however.
The magazine then apparently ran an appeal on its Facebook page asking how to stop a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack. So far, it appears they have had no luck.