ALA and NCAC Statements on Charlie Hebdo

January 8, 2015

ALA President Courtney Young released a statement  condemning the attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine offices.  It includes the quotes below and speaks for itself.  The organization also endorsed a similar statement by the National Coalition Against Censorship.  Note: this last link includes samples below the statement of the journal’s satirical oeuvre.

“Libraries and the press are the bedrock of democratic societies.  Free expression is essential for librarians and journalists to do their jobs.  Free speech is integral to the ethical values and best practices for both professions.  Such attacks are counter to the values of access to information with diversity of views—and to the values of civic engagement, which encourages people to read and discuss these views without fear.  …

“The ALA Library Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics embody these principles without apology.”

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