THE ALLIANCE OF INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS
AJI Indonesia Condemns the Attack Over Charlie Hebdo
The Alliance of Independent Journalist in Indonesia (AJI) expresses deep condolence over the incident of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France which caused 12 deaths. AJI fully condemns the brutality at any reasons. This is an attack over the freedom of expression in the world.
The office of Charlie Hebdo was attacked by several armed gunmen, on Wednesday (1/7/2015) morning, local time. They shot dead 12 staffs of Charlie Hebdo, including the chief editor, Stephane Charbonnier, and two police officers.
“We express our deep condolence to those who have lost their lives in this barbaric act. We fully condemned the attack. This is an alarming message over the freedom of expression, not only in France, but also in all over the world,” The President of AJI Indonesia, Suwarjono said in Jakarta.
AJI Indonesia, together with the civil society group all over the world, refuse to bend on all kinds of violence and terror. “The freedom of expression could only be stood up if each of us refuse to bend on terror. If we lose our freedom of expression, it will be the beginning of our lose to basic human right. The freedom of expression, the freedom of speech, and the freedom of press are the frontline of the human rights,” Suwarjono added.
AJI Indonesia urges to all individual, press, and civil society to commit the freedom of expression and honor freedom and basic human right, including the freedom of religion. “We also reject the act of violence in order to express the freedom of speech. The speech must be delivered peacefully and without violence. The satire way of Charlie Hebdo could not lead to justification for attacking the magazine brutally,” Suwarjono said.
AJI Indonesia believes that all differences in opinion as a result of freedom of speech should be challenged by another argumentation or opinion, not by violence. “AJI Indonesia fully encourages improvement of the law system in Indonesia by eliminating the act of criminalization over freedom of expression and freedom of press in Indonesia,” Suwarjono said.
Jakarta, 8 January 2015
President of AJI Indonesia, Suwarjono, +62818758624
Head of Advocacy Division, Iman D Nugroho +628165443718