The Independent Education Union
(IEU) has expressed its solidarity in the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, which killed 12 people.
Acting General IEU Secretary Mark Northam released a statement reaffirming the union’s commitment to freedom of expression.
“We condemn the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris and pay tribute to the 12 victims of this shocking event,” Northam said.
“The IEU is committed to freedom of expression and the right of journalists and media workers to be outspoken and inform the public of issues and current affairs without fear of attack or retribution.”
The shooting at the office of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo on January 7 killed the publication’s editor, seven other employees and two police officers.
Up to 3.7 million people gathered in France today to express their solidarity and support for freedom of speech.
On Friday, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth each held vigils for the victims of the attack, which brought over 3,000 people together.
"We know that journalists throughout the world have been attacked, killed, jailed and kidnapped in an effort to silence criticism and prevent important stories being told,” Northam said, illustrating the dangers faced by journalists across the world.
“Our members are deeply saddened that journalists going about their work have been murdered in Paris this week. The right to freedom of expression is critical in a free and just society, one that promotes tolerance and inclusivity.
"Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the editorial staff of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, who were killed in the recent attack in Paris - Nous Sommes Charlie."