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European Press Publishers condemn attack against Charlie Hebdo

 

Brussels, 7th January 2015 - ENPA, representing publishers of newspapers and news media in Europe, condemned in the strongest possible terms today’s armed attack on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, which left at least 12 persons dead, including journalists and police officers.

This atrocity is an attack on freedom of expression and press freedom, which is a core principle and pillar of European democracy. ENPA and all its members are appalled by this assault and remain united in the face of any threat to journalists and press publishers carrying out their daily role of informing citizens and fostering public debate.

ENPA offers its profound sympathy to the families of the victims of this terrible attack. We express solidarity with our French member associations and with all French publishers and journalists for this dreadful loss of life.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo underlines the necessity for all European decision-makers to defend strongly the principle of freedom of the press in both Europe and across the world.

Enclosed here is the statement of the press associations in France.



Les éditeurs de presse en Europe condamnent l’attaque terroriste contre Charlie Hebdo


Bruxelles, le 7 janvier 2015 – ENPA, représentant les éditeurs de presse et de médias d’information en Europe, condamne l’attaque armée perpétrée aujourd’hui contre le journal satirique français Charlie Hebdo, causant la mort de 12 personnes, y compris des journalistes et des policiers.

Cette atrocité est une attaque à la liberté d’expression et à la liberté de la presse, principes fondamentaux et piliers de la démocratie en Europe. ENPA et tous ses membres sont consternés par cet assaut et s’unissent contre toute menace de journalistes et d’éditeurs de presse qui s’investissent dans leur mission quotidienne afin d’informer les citoyens et de susciter le débat public.

ENPA partage sa profonde tristesse avec les victimes de cette terrible attaque. Nous exprimons toute notre solidarité avec nos associations membres françaises ainsi qu’avec l’ensemble des éditeurs et journalistes dans cette perte humaine intolérable.

L’attaque de Charlie Hebdo souligne la nécessité pour l’ensemble des décideurs européens de défendre sans relâche le principe de la liberté de la presse dans toute l’Europe et au niveau international.

Le communiqué de presse des associations franc¸aises de presse est disponible a` l’adresse suivante:
www.enpa.be/uploads/communique.pdf


For further information:

Francine Cunningham
Francine.Cunningham@enpa.be
ENPA - European Newspaper Publishers’ Association
Square du Bastion 1A, Bte 3
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0)2 551 0190

www.enpa.be

 

 





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Europe is home to a diverse range of newspapers and news media at national, regional and local level. European publishing houses offer a broad menu of professional news, information and entertainment to citizens every day. In doing so, the news media sector plays a unique role in democracy in Europe, stimulating informed debate and promoting engaged citizenship.

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