Media release

Condolences and categorical condemnation concerning the barbaric attack on the office of a French magazine

07 January 2015

We convey our deepest condolences as well as our solidarity with France in relation to the attack on the headquarters of a French weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in which men armed with automatic weapons killed and injured journalists and police officers.

We categorically condemn acts of terror and violence, including those directed against the freedom of the media. Such barbaric attacks are yet another reminder of the necessity for the international community to continue joint and coordinated efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism which Latvia’s Presidency of the EU Council is taking very seriously indeed. The international community must also continue safeguarding the freedom of the press within the EU and beyond its borders.

On this day so tragic for France and the whole of Europe, we stand together with the French people and express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives, as well as wishing a speedy recovery to those who were injured.

At least 12 people were killed in the 7 January attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo while others sustained serious injuries.

Kārlis Eihenbaums
Ambassador - Press Secretary
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