Union says journalists must be free to do their job without fear of threats, intimidation and murder

Charlie HebdoThe NUJ has condemned the murders of staff working on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Latest reports confirm 12 people – 10 journalists and two police officers – are dead and five seriously injured after the incident this morning when gunmen broke into the Paris offices of the publication.

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “The assassination of journalists at Charlie Hebdo, cynically targeted on press day to maximise casualties, took place on press day, is an attempt to assassinate the free press.

“Our hearts go out to the families of the 10 journalists and police officers killed in this despicable raid. The newspaper had already been the subject of attacks by people who want to supress democracy and freedom of speech.

“These journalists have now paid with their lives; the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice. Supporters of free speech and civil liberties must stand together with governments to condemn this act and defend the right of all journalists to do their job without fear of threats, intimidation and brutal murder.”

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