Sheffield University student journalists joins silent tribute to Charlie Hebdo attack victims

Staff from the University of Sheffield's Department of Journalism Studies during a minute's silence to honour the victims of the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.
Staff from the University of Sheffield's Department of Journalism Studies during a minute's silence to honour the victims of the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.
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Staff from Sheffield University joined a minute’s silence to honour the victims of the Charlie Hebdo killings in France.

The silence was called by the National Union of Journalists in response to Wednesday’s terror attack on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine, in which 12 people died.

Members of the Department of Journalism Studies gathered on the steps of 9 Mappin Street, in the city centre, to observe the silence, holding placards expressing solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo staff.

Professor Jackie Harrison, joint head of department, said: “The ability of journalists to undertake their work free of reprisal is central to a free press and attempts to stifle freedom of expression are a direct attack on the public’s right to know.

“The murder of journalists in Paris isn’t an isolated incident and it is vital work to protect journalists and to bring justice to those who threaten and attack them continues.”

Prof Harrison is chairman of the Centre for Freedom of the Media, a research centre based in the department, which works to support journalists’ safety and liberty.