Egypt's journalists syndicate to condemn Charlie Hebdo attack

Ahram Online , Friday 9 Jan 2015

A rally is set to take place on Sunday in Cairo in front of the syndicate's headquarters

Egyptian journalists
File photo: Egyptian journalists shout slogans during a protest at the journalists syndicate in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 4, 2014. (Photo: AP)

Egypt's journalist syndicate has called on its members to hold a rally on Sunday in front of its headquarters in downtown Cairo to condemn the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris.

At least 12 people, mostly journalists, were killed in Paris on Wednesday when gunmen opened fire inside the office.

General secretary of the syndicate, Karem Mahmoud, told Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website that the rally will start at 2pm local time with the aim of "defending the honour of the word and freedom of expression."

Mahmoud also said that all members of the syndicate and its council will participate in the rally while holding up their pens and cameras.

He added that there will be a press conference following the rally held by the council of the syndicate.  

The incident has sparked worldwide fury and debates on freedom of expression.

The satirical magazine is known for its controversial cartoons on political and religious leaders and has published numerous drawings lampooning the Islamic Prophet Mohamed.

Egypt's journalists syndicate condemned the attack and said that the assailants who staged it "cannot belong to any religion, especially Islam. They are only savage killers".

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Al-Azhar, the country's highest Islamic institution, also condemned the attack.

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