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    The Russian Union of Journalists called satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's caricatures on the crashed Russian Airbus A321 airliner "vulgarity, cynicism and criminal provocation."

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has crossed the line of common decency, being outright vulgar in its mocking cartoon depictions of the crashed Russian Airbus A321 airliner that killed 224 people, the Russian Union of Journalists said Friday.

    In its latest issue, the French magazine published two caricatures of the A321 tragedy, one of which compared Saturday’s air crash in Egypt to Russia’s military operation targeting terrorist positions in Syria.

    "The magazine’s staff is long past the line that separates free journalism and freedom of speech from vulgarity, cynicism and criminal provocation," the union’s secretary Timur Shafir told RIA Novosti.

    The French outlet, known for its bluntly provocative caricatures, became the target of two radical Muslim gunmen who stormed Charlie Hebdo's Paris office in January 2015 and gunned down ten journalists, including the editor, as well as two police officers. The attack was allegedly motivated by the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad by the magazine.

    Despite the brutal shooting, Charlie Hebdo continues to publish controversial cartoons, including those depicting the vanished Malaysian Flight MH370 and a drowned Syrian toddler whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach after the migrant boat he and his family were fleeing in capsized on its way to Greece.


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