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The Directors Guild of America has called on the U.S. government to boost cyber-security in the wake of the massive hack attack on Sony Pictures over “The Interview.”

In the DGA’s first public statement on the attack, DGA president Paris Barclay said the guild stands by its members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the co-directors of the comedy. Barclay made no mention of Sony in his statement.

“We stand by our director members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and hope that a way can be found to distribute the film by some means, to demonstrate that our industry is not cowed by extremists of any type,” he concluded.

The DGA statement was issued about half an hour after President Obama said that Sony had “made a mistake” in its decision to cancel the release of “The Interview.”

Here is Barclay’s full statement:

“As the events of the past weeks have made painfully clear, we are now living in an age in which the Internet can enable a few remote cyber criminals to hold an entire industry hostage. This unprecedented situation demonstrates that even basic rights such as freedom of expression can quickly fall prey to those who would misuse and abuse the Internet to steal from, intimidate and terrorize our industry and our nation, and stands as an excruciating illustration of the heightened need for the federal government to increase its efforts to protect our society against cyber crimes, terrorism and all of its implications.

We hope that instead of the “chilling effect” on controversial content, this incident becomes a rallying point for all of us who care about freedom of expression to come together and champion this inalienable right.  We stand by our director members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and hope that a way can be found to distribute the film by some means, to demonstrate that our industry is not cowed by extremists of any type.”