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Horrific attack on press freedom in Paris

On Wednesday, the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris suffered a bloody massacre. Reports speak of around eleven persons killed. “A bloody attack on the press – and on freedom of expression”, says Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard.

On Wednesday, the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris suffered a bloody massacre. Reports speak of around eleven persons killed. “A bloody attack on the press – and on freedom of expression”, says Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard.

French media such as Le Monde report that eleven people have been killed and several more wounded in an attack on the magazine Charlie Hebdo, which is known for its satirical line, and which has previously been sued for blasphemy.

“What we are witnessing today is an absolutely appalling and horrific attack on Charlie Hebdo. But it is not just an attack on Charlie Hebdo. It is an attack on the free press all over the world, and it has been committed by people who despise democracy and the vital role of a free press in a free society,” says Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard, chairman of the Danish Union of Journalists.

Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard, who is also chairman of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), also said:

“The attack on Charlie Hebdo touches us all, and is naturally reminiscent of the 2006 cartoon crisis. As journalists, artists and media people, we are deeply affected by such an attack. But we must not refrain from doing our absolutely necessary journalistic work, or impose self-censorship.”

“I hope that the French authorities will arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and that the free press around the world will be given the protection that is necessary to prevent similar incidents.”

Charlie Hebdo visited the International Media Festival of the Danish Union of Journalists last November. Read the reports here.

Mogens Blicher Bjerregård may be contacted via Troels Johannesen at +45 2725 8059. 

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