France: Satirical magazine brutally attacked by gunmen
Freemuse strongly condemns the brutal attack on Charlie Hebdo which has left 12 dead and five seriously injured. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and colleagues.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the French presiden also condemned the attack with automatic rifles on Charlie Hebdo staff members and police:
“I am horrified by this shocking attack against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. My heart goes out to the families of the bereaved and to those who have been injured.
This is more than a personal tragedy. It is an attack on the media and freedom of expression. The world community cannot allow extremists to silence the free flow of opinions and ideas.
We must work together to bring the perpetrators to justice and stand together for a free and independent press,” stated Irina Bokova according to The Guardian.
“This is an attack on free speech,” the French president Francois Hollande told reporters.
“Charlie Hebdo has pushed boundaries in the past, and continues to challenge the idea of censorship,” said Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland, reporting from Paris.
“This is an assassination on us all,” wrote Politiken editor-in-chief Bo Lidegaard.
“In the world’s daily toll of suffering and horror, the number of deaths is not very high. As the media’s eyes were on Paris, Boko Haram massacred 2,000 people in Baga, Nigeria. It’s less than a month since armed men killed 132 children in a Peshawar school. Behind these deaths lie the uncounted bodies of those killed in sectarian warfare, wayward drone strikes, and through mere indifference. There is much to say and do about all these but, for better or worse, my concern here is with art and its place in our lives. And while the lives of the artists and writers producing a small satirical magazine weigh exactly as much as those of Pakistani schoolchildren, their deaths have prompted a great outpouring of opinion on all sides and may have far-reaching and frightening consequences.”
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