The Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the cover of the French magazine “Charlie Hebdo” with the cartoons of Muhammad “unforgivable” and affirmed that there is no place for “the apology of” free expression “in this type of message .
‘Charlie Hebdo’ has released some controversial cartoons that coincide with the beginning of the process for attacking the satirical magazine. French President Emmanuel Macron has publicly supported him and defended that the freedoms enshrined in the republic also include that of “blasphemy”.
“The apology of freedom of expression by some French politicians for not condemning this serious crime is totally unacceptable, false and demagogic,” said Khamenei in a message released on Tuesday, according to state press television.
For the Iranian leader, this type of cover shows Western “hostility” towards the Islamic and Muslim communities. Khamenei has pointed out that behind these messages lies the “deeply anti-Islamic” policies of Israel and other “arrogant powers”.