(Brussels, 8.1.2015) Over 200 Brussels-based journalists and supporters gathered together at the International Press Centre at 11.00am today to pay tribute to victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris.
“Today, we are all Charlie in our thoughts but, as journalists, we very much share the reason for which they were targeted. Those bullets were also meant for all of us who stand up for press freedom,” said Beth Costa, General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) before the minute of silence was observed.
At the gathering, fellow journalists and participants held the “Je Suis Charlie” signs in support of those journalists, media workers and victims killed in the terrible attack.
It has now been confirmed that seven journalists and three media workers were murdered, along with two other victims. (see below list)
Ricardo Gutiérrez, General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), read out the names of the twelve victims and added, “We need to stand together to show the perpetrator that we will not give in and we will continue our job to tell the truth.”
"I am impressed by the spontaneous mobilisation of civil society. I am impressed by the commitment of journalists who did not give in to fear and hatred. This is the best response to such a horrific act of terror. We, as journalists, stand together to show our commitment to freedom. The freedom of all citizens is at stake, not just the freedom of the press,” said François Ryckmans, President of the Belgian Association of Journalists (AJP).
IFJ and EFJ affiliates across the world have sent in solidarity messages to express their condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
From noon today, the IFJ, EFJ and their French affiliates (SNJ, SNJ-CGT and CFDT) are holding a ceremony in front of the office of Charlie Hebdo.
The twelve victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting are:
1. Bernard Verlhac, (known as Tignous), cartoonist
2. Bernard Maris, (known as Uncle Bernard), economist and cartoonist
3. Elsa Cayat, a psychoanalyst and essayist
4. Georges Wolinski, cartoonist
5. Jean Cabut, (known as Cabu), cartoonist
6. Moustapha Ourrad, copy editor
7. Philippe Honoré, (known as Honoré), cartoonist
8. Stephane Charbonnier (known as Charb), cartoonist
9. Franck Brinsolaro, private body guard/media worker
10. Michel Renaud, visitor and former director to the Mayor Clermont’s office
11. Frédéric Boisseau, janitor
12. Ahmed Merabet, police officer
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