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UNESCO Director-General condemns attack on Charlie Hebdo

“I am horrified by this shocking attack against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo,” stated UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova. “My heart goes out to the families of the bereaved and to those who have been injured.”

“This is more than a personal tragedy,” she continued.  “It is an attack on the media and freedom of expression.  The world community cannot allow extremists to silence the free flow of opinions and ideas.  The perpetrators of this attack must be brought to justice and UNESCO is ever more determined to stand for a free and independent press.”

UNESCO has lowered its flag to half-mast in solidarity with France and in respect for those who were killed and injured.