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09 January 2015

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan and Foreign Press in Japan Statement on The Charlie Hebdo Attack

We, the undersigned, Japanese and foreign journalists working in Japan, condemn unreservedly the murderous attack on the offices of the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris on Wednesday.

Japan, which has also suffered extremist violence, understands well the shock and pain inflicted by such acts. We regard it as the right and duty of all journalists to report, to challenge and, on occasion, to ridicule individuals and institutions, including religions, without fear of retribution. We offer our sincere condolences to the families of those who died in the attack; and we declare solidarity with our brave French colleagues as they continue to do their jobs in the face of violence and intimidation.