Safeguarding our freedoms following the Charlie Hebdo attack

Responding to the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris and following developments the Chair of the CILIP Board, Martyn Wade, said:

"CILIP’s vision is for a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. The barbaric attack on the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the killing of journalists, cartoonists and police officers threatens this vision.  

Without freedom of expression, access to information and respect for the law we will not have a knowledgeable, informed and connected society.

CILIP’s ethical principles state that as a profession our conduct should be characterised by ‘concern for the public good in all professional matters, including respect for diversity within society, and the promoting of equal opportunities and human rights.’ In these terrible circumstances these values ring clear and true.

On behalf of CILIP members and the UK library, information and knowledge profession I would like to offer my sympathies to the families who have been affected, support for our colleagues in France and reaffirmation of our belief in intellectual freedom and freedom of expression."

Links

CILIP's ethical principles
IFLA's statement on the Charlie Hebdo attack

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Press contact

Mark Taylor, Director of External Relations, CILIP
Tel: 020 7255 0654
Mobile: 07792 635 305
Email: mark.taylor@cilip.org.uk

Notes to Editors

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP’s vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014.