Here’s a statement from the International Publishers Association and the Danish Publishers Association that was released this morning about the attacks in Copenhagen last Saturday.
The International Publishers Association and the Danish Publishers Association strongly condemn Saturday’s shootings in Copenhagen, where film director Finn Norgaard was killed during a free speech debate.
Stig Andersen, president of the Danish Publishers Association said “the attack on the meeting in Copenhagen, where people had gathered to discuss art, blasphemy and freedom of speech is a cruel assault on democratic core values.”
IPA President Richard Charkin said “we must stand together in our support for freedom of expression. The horrors of Paris and now Copenhagen must not be allowed to silence opinion, creativity, and debate.”
Ola Wallin, Chair of IPA’s Freedom to Publish committee said that “freedom of expression is under increased threat around the world. This week it was Copenhagen, tomorrow it will be somewhere else. But publishers stand firm in their belief in openness, free debate, and respect for fellow human beings.”