KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday January 8, 2015, CMC – The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) Wednesday condemned the attack on the building housing the Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left at least 12 people, including journalists, dead and several others injured.
“We deeply deplore the loss of life and the injuries suffered by all the victims,” the PAJ’s statements said, adding that the incident was “an attack upon democracy and freedom of the press, which must be of concern to all who support these important values anywhere in the world”.
The masked attackers opened fire with assault rifles in the office and exchanged shots with police in the street outside before escaping by car. They later abandoned the car in Rue de Meaux, northern Paris, where they hijacked a second car.
Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers.
French authorities have launched a major manhunt for the gunmen in what is believed to be the deadliest attack in France since 1961, when right-wingers who wanted to keep Algeria French bombed a train, killing 28 people.
The PAJ in extending its “deepest sympathies to the people and government of France, on the occasion of today’s shocking attack on the staff of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo,” said that it was also standing “with our colleagues in France as we condemn this violent attack and reiterate the importance of guarding democracy and protecting the press from intimidation”.