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Deadly attack on French magazine denounced by Jamaica's Press Association

Published:Wednesday | January 7, 2015 | 11:52 AM
People hug each other outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris today. - AP

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has denounced today's the brutal attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The PAJ says this is an attack upon "democracy and freedom of the press".

Read full statement below:

The Press Association of Jamaica wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the people and government of France, on the occasion of today’s shocking attack on the staff of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The reports at this time indicate that 12 people have been killed including members of the press and two policemen, and several others wounded by gunmen who invaded the offices at the magazine earlier today.

We deeply deplore the loss of life and the injuries suffered by all the victims.

The PAJ regards this as an attack upon democracy and freedom of the press, which must be of concern to all who support these important values anywhere in the world.

We stand with our colleagues in France as we condemn this violent attack and reiterate the importance of guarding democracy and protecting the press from intimidation.

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