Charlie Hebdo cartoons

The late editor of French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo', St�phane Charbonnier.
The late editor of French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo', St�phane Charbonnier.

Fifty-five per cent of Journal readers online believe that French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, is right to publish cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

The debate over Charlie Hebdo’s policy over the prophet Muhammad became polarised after editor, Stéphane Charbonnier, and 11 other people were murdered by Islamic extremists in Paris earlier this month.

Some Muslims believe that if judge in a Shariah court, anyone found guilty of depicting an image of the prophet Muhammad should face the death penalty.

The magazine, which satirises all religions and strands of society, has been defended by many who believe they have the right to free speech.

The remaining 45 per cent of Journal readers do not believe the magazine are right to publish the cartoons.