We at The Democratic Society are horrified by the attack on Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are vital to democracy and the freedoms we values so highly. This brutal attack, which has robbed us of brave and talented people, is an attack on all our democracies and a terrible loss.
Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of those that have been killed and the French people at such a terrible time. We hope the criminals who have done this are caught and brought swiftly to justice and that freedom of speech continues stronger than ever, as one of the foundations of democracy and liberty. The answer to attacks on liberalism, tolerance and democracy is more liberalism, more tolerance, and more democracy.