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Sweden condemns attack on French magazine

Published onsdag 7 januari 2015 kl 13.50
Poliser möter maskerade beväpnade män nära kontoret för den franska satirtidningen Charlie Hebdo i Paris. Foto: AFP PHOTO/ ANNE GELBARD/TT.
Police met masked, armed men near the office of the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris. Photo: AFP PHOTO/ ANNE GELBARD/TT.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström condemned the deadly attack on a French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, which killed at least 12 on Wednesday.

In a Tweet, Wallström called it a "horrendous terror attack", adding "Those responsible must be pursued. Free speech must be defended."

Journalists in Sweden also spoke out against the attack against the weekly newspaper.

"It's an abominable deed and a terrorist deed aimed at free expression," says Jonas Nordling, the chair of the Swedish Union of Journalists, to news agency TT, adding that there is no place for discussions about whether it was right or wrong to publish material in this context.

"There is nothing that can make it right that people are mowed down, regardless of what they published," he says.

Johannes Klenell, who works at the Swedish satirical magazine Galago, tells news agency TT, "When something like this happens, it sets in motion tons of latent feelings of fear."

Klenell says, however, that what he is really worried about is the debate that may arise after this, which he believes will be exploited by the extreme right.

"The feeling is that this cannot lead to any positive discussion, whatsoever. It's just a big black hole," he says.

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