IPA Press Release
We are all Charlie Hebdo: Arab and international publishers unite in defence of freedom of expression
Geneva, 7 January 2015
Murderous attack on French satirical magazine is an attack on publishers’ shared values.
The global publishing community is appalled at today’s brutal attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, where editor-in-chief Stéphane Charbonnier and cartoonists Jean Cabut, Bernard Verlhac and George Wolinski were among twelve people killed.
Assem Shalaby, President of the Arab Publishers Association condemned “this vicious attack that contravenes the principles of Islam and the message of its prophet.”
“This is a horrible crime committed against humanity, freedom of expression, Islam and Muslims” said Ibrahim El Moallem, Chairman of Dar El Shorouk, the largest Arab book publisher. “It is an attack against civilization.”
IPA President, Bloomsbury’s Richard Charkin, said “the attack on Charlie Hebdo is an attack on publishers’ core values: freedom of expression, freedom to publish and the right to criticise and polemicise. IPA calls on all publishers, authors, journalists and cartoonists to stand together and defend these values. We are all Charlie Hebdo.”
Vincent Montagne, President of the French publishers association SNE said “we are profoundly shocked by today’s murderous attack against authors, journalists and cartoonists. Barbarism and fanaticism will not have the last word”.
Ola Wallin, Chair of IPA’s Freedom to Publish committee said “today’s assassination in Paris is a crime against the entire publishing industry. The workers at Charlie Hebdo sacrificed their lives for freedom of expression.”
IPA Secretary General Jens Bammel said “we should not allow radical minorities to besmirch the message of all major religions: that of peace, compassion, love and respect. The publishing world’s thoughts are with today’s victims and their families.”