The Media Institute, a D.C. organization that includes representatives from major media companies among its trustees, condemned the terrorist attack on French paper Charlie Hebdo, expressing trust that journalists “will stand strong as the torchbearers of freedom around the globe.”
“We are shocked and outraged by this mass murder, and we join with media organizations around the world in condemning this politically motivated attack,” the organization’s president, Patrick Maines, said in a statement. “Once again journalists have given their lives for the cause of free speech and free press. Our sympathy goes out to the families of these victims. As threats, acts of intimidation and outright violence against the press continue to increase, we trust that journalists, backed by their news organizations, will stand strong as the torchbearers of freedom around the globe.”
The Media Institute’s board of trustees include representatives for News Corp., the Walt Disney Co., CBS and 21st Century Fox. The organization is an independent foundation specializing in communications and freedom of speech issues.