Peace is at the heart of the European values that has helped overcome hatred and prejudice to be able to enjoy a prolonged period of peace while enjoying the rights of citizens, not least the freedom of expression.
The enemies of peace can create fear, prejudice, confusion and division especially at the delicate moments in a peace process. Many seek to fight this with speeches and the written word, but sometimes it takes a cartoon to strike the final blow against hatred and prejudice.
EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), with its commitment to dialogue, cultural relations and fundamental freedoms, is deeply saddened by the brutal attack at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
« This is a direct attack on Freedom of Expression, and we all have a responsibility to react and reaffirm the importance of a free debate and free media. EUNIC will continue to work in close relationship with culture and media professionals, in our efforts to build trust and relationship between people and societies », says Annika Rembe, President of EUNIC.