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PEN Melbourne condemns attack on #CharlieHebdo

January 10, 2015 IN WIP
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Melbourne PEN condemns the attack on French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. It offers its condolences and support to those who have been injured and the families and friends of those who have been killed.

Freedom of speech and expression is critical to having a fair, free and open society. The shootings at Charlie Hebdo today reinforce the importance of maintaining those principles and the commitment and bravery of those who work to maintain and protect them.

– PEN Melbourne Committee,
January 10, 2015

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People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.

— John Ralston Saul on the work of PEN International