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Déclaration conjointe des Ministres de la culture et des Médias de l’UE

Déclaration conjointe des Ministres de la culture et des médias de l’Union européenne concernant la liberté d’expression

JOINT STATEMENT

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

 

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