Charlie Hebdo

Horror. Friendship. Determination.

A joint statement from French media on the Charlie Hebdo attack
Photo: Trey Ratcliff

On Wednesday, January 7th, two heavily armed men attacked the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing twelve and injuring many more. This text was jointly published by a dozen major French media outlets this morning in response including Actu Environnement, Arrêt sur images, Basta Mag, Global Magazine, Huffington Post, Libéweb, Mediapart, Politis, Reporterre, Rue 89, Terra Eco, We Demain.

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Originally published in French, this statement has been translated into English by Ricochet.

It is horror which seized us, this morning, as we learned the incredible news: a bloody attack on Charlie Hebdo, armed men, a dozen dead, close to twenty wounded. That horror has left us stunned, and without words.

Friendship, then, for those we know, and those we love — and for those we do not. Pain for the dead, and anguish for the wounded. Fellowship and the desire to offer comfort to their family, their friends, their children. How can we show that we are with you, in all our love, and our powerlessness? Because we are with you, with all our heart.

And finally, determination. These are journalists they sought to kill, the press they wanted shut down and freedom they wanted to destroy. To that we say: we will not yield. In difficult times today, and in the dark days to come, it is vital that freedom continues to be expressed, and spoken. We will continue our work of providing information and bearing witness, with greater determination and energy than ever before.

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