French media vows support for Charlie Hebdo, press freedom
France's largest media groups, including FRANCE 24's parent company France Médias Monde, issued a joint statement on Thursday vowing to support press freedom and Charlie Hebdo, a day after a deadly attack that killed 12 of the magazine's staff.
The Charlie Hebdo weekly satirical newspaper was the target of a terrorist attack when gunmen stormed the building during an editorial meeting on Wednesday. Twelve people have died in the attack so far, including journalists, police officers and friends. In the name of all the media groups in France, we want to express our deepest sympathies to our comrades, their families, the entire team at Charlie Hebdo and to those who died trying to protect them.
These journalists represent freedom of the press and, moreover, the spirit of liberty itself. The satirical press both wakes up and shakes up our consciences. It uses humour to help thwart sectarianism and fundamentalism. Those who died yesterday brought laughter into our lives to make us more free. Now more than ever, freedom of thought and liberty of expression is what gives life to our work.
On this day of mourning, we stand firm in our commitment to never give in to threats nor terror. We will not let silence take hold. We will stay vigilant in our fight against all forms of prejudice.
We, the French media, stand ready to offer the human and material resources necessary to keep Charlie Hebdo alive. We must rally to defend the freedom of the press. And we will continue to defend it in the names of the fallen.
Christopher Baldelli (RTL), Christophe Barbier (L'Express), Jean-Paul Baudecroux (NRJ), Pierre Bellanger (SKYROCK), Jérôme Bellay (Le Journal du Dimanche), Nicolas Beytout (L’Opinion), Véronique Cayla (ARTE), Matthieu Croissandeau (L’Obs), Nicolas de Tavernost (M6), Bruno Delport (Nova), Louis Dreyfus (Le Monde), Marc Feuillée (Le Figaro), Mathieu Gallet (Radio France), Etienne Gernelle (Le Point), Emmanuel Hoog (AFP), Jean Hornain (Le Parisien), Patrick Le Hyaric (L'Humanité), Gérard Leclerc (LCP-AN), Gilles Leclerc (Public Sénat), Bertrand Meheut (CANAL+), Francis Morel (Les Echos), Denis Olivennes (Lagardère Active / Europe 1), Nonce Paolini (TF1), Fabienne Pascaud (Télérama), Rémy Pflimlin (France Télévisions), Matthieu Pigasse (Les Inrockuptibles), Dominique Quinio (La Croix), Olivier Royant (Paris Match), Marie-Christine Saragosse (France Médias Monde), Jean-Christophe Tortora (La Tribune), Jean-Eric Valli (Les Indés Radio), Maurice Szafran (Le Magazine Littéraire), Alain Weill (NextRadioTV).
The statement is still circulating and more names are expected to be added to the list.
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