"You keep abusing Islam's almighty Prophet with disgusting and disgraceful cartoons using excuses of freedom of speech. Be Allah's curse upon you!"
That was the message that hackers left on the website of France's satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, after it announced plans to feature the Islamic prophet Muhammad as "editor-in-chief" of an upcoming issue. When the issue appeared last week, the publication's offices were firebombed and destroyed.
Charlie Hebdo's editor, Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier, was not cowed. "We no longer have a newspaper," he said. "All our equipment has been destroyed or has melted. We cannot, today, put together a paper. But we will do everything possible to do one next week. Whatever happens, we'll do it. There is no question of giving in."