Regional newsrooms have united to pay their respects to the victims of Wednesday’s terrorist massacre in France.
The attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris left 12 dead, 10 staff and two policemen, and is believed to have been carried out by Islamist militants.
Meanwhile newsrooms across the UK observed a minute’s silence in memory of those who died at 11am, such as the one pictured below at the Manchester Evening News.
Ahead of this morning’s silence Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “The NUJ, together with journalists and their unions around the world, has condemned this attack as an attempt to gag press freedom and attack the entire profession.”
Lynne Anderson, News Media Association deputy chief executive, said: “The News Media Association condemns these attacks in the strongest possible terms. Free speech is a fundamental right and those who seek to suppress it through violence are attacking not just journalism and the press but also the fundamental values of democratic society.”
Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, added: “The terrorist attack on a magazine in Paris was this time aimed at a media organisation but it was in fact an attack on the whole of civilised society – including Islam.
“What is important is that it must not be allowed to interfere with freedom of expression to which everyone is entitled, including those with whom we disagree.”
An editorial in today’s Belfast Telegraph, the front page of which is pictured below, reads: “Yesterday’s massacre was not just an attack on Charlie Hebdo but on Press freedom.
“In any democracy the freedom of the media to criticise, mock, offend or satirise should be defended to the last. We have seen that freedom challenged many times in this country by both politicians and fanatics.
“This newspaper was bombed in 1976 by the IRA but that did not prevent it publishing again the next day and continuing to denounce violence from all quarters.
“Fanatics, no matter what their cause, can never be allowed to undermine an essential freedom.”