The International Communications Forum is convinced that the honesty or dishonesty of the media affects the mental health of the world. Freedom of expression is vital as a means of permitting all views to flourish peacefully. It is a cliche that the price of this freedom must be continual vigilance - in particular vigilance to identify and expose the encouragement of malice, war and the incident of hate speech and image.
In view of today's events, we at the International Communications Forum and at the International Media Council of the Next Century Foundation wish to affirm that:
We fully understand the need to respect the other and the offence that some may cause with the use of unbridled satire.
We affirm that freedom of the press is one of the four great freedoms, these being: Freedo of Religion; Freedo from Fear; Freedom from Want and Freedom of Expression.
And we condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the murders in Paris.
We all seek a fairer and more considerate world. But these events undermine our most basic ideals held sacred by all generations.
We further extend our deep sympathy to the families of those present at Charlie Hebdo who were killed so unconscionably today and wish a speedy recovery to all those injured during the atrocity.
Coverage of the International Communications Forum's annual conference in London by Levant TV, held on 9 May, with panels of prominent people from the BBC, US State Department, foreign correspondents and other international media persons and politicians from around the world.