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12.01.2015  

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JOINT STATEMENT OF THE MINISTERS OF CULTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

On Wednesday 7 January 2015, a terrorist attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris killed 12 people, most of them journalists and artists working for the magazine.

Despite regular death threats, they had vowed to continue expressing their freedom to think and to create with humour and talent. They were murdered because they drew and published cartoons.

This unspeakable act was intended to silence them forever, to terminate the publication of the magazine and more broadly, to restrict the freedom to think, to speak and to create. These freedoms are core values of European democracy. They are universal democratic values.

In this time of profound sadness and grief, we, the ministers of culture of the European Union, condemn this senseless barbarity, which attempts to undermine our essential values in the most violent way.

We unanimously express our belief that artistic freedom and freedom of expression stand firm and unflinching at the heart of our common European values. France and her allies in the EU safeguard these values and promote them in the world. We affirm our determination to continue to do so in the future.

We, the ministers of culture of the European Union, do not accept terrorists’ attempts to impose their own standards. Since time immemorial, the arts have been an inspiration for reflection giving rise to new ideas and fighting against intolerance and ignorance. It is the freedom of expression in a culturally diverse environment that brings these ideas into meaningful dialogue.

We, the ministers of culture of the European Union, stand in solidarity to defend the freedom of expression and vow to protect the rights of artists to create freely.

Dace MELBĀRDE

Minister for Culture

Holder of Rotating EU Council Presidency

Latvia

Josef

OSTERMAYER

Federal Minister for Arts and Culture, Constitution and Media

Austria

Fleur

PELLERIN

Minister for Culture and Communication

France

Joëlle

MILQUET

Vice Minister President of the French-speaking Community and Minister for Education, Culture and Childhood

Belgium

Jean-Claude

MARCOURT

Vice Minister President of the French-speaking Community and Minister for Higher Education, Research and Media

Belgium

Isabelle

WEYKMANS

Vice-minister-president of the German-Speaking Community and minister of Culture, Employment and Tourism

Belgium

Sven

GATZ

Flemish Minister for Culture, Media, Youth and Brussels

Belgium

Vezhdi

RASHIDOV

Minister for Culture

Bulgaria

Prof. Costas

KADIS

Minister for Education and Culture

Cyprus

Daniel

HERMAN

Minister for Culture

Czech Republic

Ph.D Andrea

ZLATAR VIOLIĆ

Minister of Culture

Croatia

Prof. Monika

GRÜTTERS

Minister of State for Culture and Media

Germany

Marianne

JELVED

Minister for Culture

Denmark

José Ignacio

WERT ORTEGA

Minister for Education, Culture and Sport

Spain

Urve

TIIDUS

Minister of Culture

Estonia

Pia

VIITANEN

Minister of Culture and Housing

Finland

Zoltán

BALOG

Minister of Human Capacities

Hungary

Konstantinos

TASOULAS

Minister of Culture and Sports

Hellenic Republic

Heather

HUMPHREYS

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Ireland

Dario

FRANCESCHINI

Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and of Tourism

Italy

Šarūnas

BIRUTIS

Minister for Culture

Lithuania

Maggy

NAGEL

Minister for Culture

Luxembourg

Dr. Owen

BONNICI

Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government

Malta

Dr. Jet

BUSSEMAKER

Minister for Education, Culture and Science

The Netherlands

Sander

DEKKER

State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science

The Netherlands

Prof. Małgorzata

OMILANOWSKA

Minister of Culture and National Heritage

Poland

Jorge Barreto

XAVIER

Secretary of State for Culture

Portugal

Ioan

VULPESCU

Minister for Culture

Romania

M.Sc. Julijana

BIZJAK MLAKAR

Minster for Culture

Slovenia

Marek

MAĎARIČ

Minister for Culture

Slovak Republic

Alice

BAH KUHNKE

Minister for Culture

Sweden

Ed

VAIZEY

Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

United Kingdom