Brussels, January 9, 2015 (SIGNIS) - SIGNIS (the World Catholic Association for Communication) condemns unequivocally the terrible attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris on 7 January.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, friends and colleagues of the journalists and other victims. They are in our thoughts and prayers.

We join with the Holy Father and representatives of all religions who have condemned this attack and the actions of all those who spread hatred, fear and violence, which in the words of Pope Francis, “destroys human life, violates the dignity of the person, radically undermines the fundamental good of peaceful coexistence between individuals and peoples, despite differences of nationality, religion and culture.”

As communicators we reaffirm our commitment to work for a culture of peace which respects the life and dignity of everyone. We also reiterate our support for the fundamental principle of freedom of expression and for all those journalists around the world who face the threat of death or injury in carrying out their profession.

We call on all people of good will to join together to help build a world where those of all cultures and faiths may live and work together in peace.