Statement by EANA board in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo

The Board of the European Alliance of News Agencies joins the international media community expressing solidarity with magazine Charlie Hebdo and its staff after the deadly attack at the magazine’s Paris office.

An attack on a publication and its journalists because of disagreements with its editorial content is a worldwide attack on freedom of expression.

The murders in Paris is unfortunately another example of how journalists are under threat because of their participation in an open discussion about issues of importance to a democratic society. The freedom of expression - regardless of which opinion is expressed - must be defended by all forces in a democracy.