Geneva 6 January 2016 (PEC) One year ago on 7 January a massacre took place in Paris killing 8 journalists and media workers at the Charlie Hebdo publication and 4 other people.
The heinous act had no justification and was a despicable act of terrorism. It reminds us all that in order to live peacefully societies must uphold the rule of law, democratic practices and freedom of expression, said today the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC).
Whatever the views are freedom of expression must be maintained as the cornerstone of democracy and the rule of law.
Many of the 135 journalists killed last year were victims of terrorist acts in other parts of the world. If governments need to stop assailants from the course of extremism and destruction and to address the root causes of this barbaric violence, they must not as an excuse restrict fundamental freedoms, increasing the surveillance of all citizens, discriminating between religions and killing other civilians in military operations in conflict zones.
The PEC warns that in Europe and elsewhere, it would be a dangerous path if the war against terrorism would become a war against freedoms of expression, belief, assembly and movement.
To restore peace in the Middle East is the best way to prevent terrorism.
The media watchdog based in Geneva is totally in favor of respect for all religions and their symbols yet the massacre of journalists at Charlie Hebdo one year ago was a reprehensible crime. Never again !