2nd UPDATE, 7:35 PM: The DGA is the latest show business guild to release a statement on the terrorist attack in Paris:
“The Directors Guild of America stands in solidarity with the families of the victims, the people of France and citizens around the world who will not be cowed by extremists seeking to undermine our inalienable right to the free and open expression of ideas. This despicable act will not silence the millions of journalists, artists and filmmakers who will continue to speak their mind, share their ideas and promote freedom of speech.”
UPDATED, 4:50 PM: The Animation Guild, which represents film and TV animators, has expressed its outrage over the killings of cartoonists and others in Paris today. IATSE Local 839 said in a statement:
“No human being who exercises the God-given right of free expression should be murdered for expressing an opinion or viewpoint that another part of humanity dislikes or even finds repugnant. The killing of French cartoonists and magazine staffers today was both cowardly and disgusting, and the Animation Guild stands with the French people in denouncing this act, and sends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims.”
PREVIOUSLY, 3:56 PM: SAG-AFTRA and the WGA have weighed in on the horrific attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Twelve people including the publication’s editor were shot dead and 11 wounded by masked gunman who stormed the magazine’s offices in Paris this morning.
SAG-AFTRA, whose membership includes broadcast news writers and editors, said in a statement this afternoon:
“SAG-AFTRA offers its condolences to families of the French journalists and police killed in the attack at Charlie Hebdo. Our thoughts are with all French citizens affected by this despicable act of terrorism.
“Journalists know that their jobs carry risks, but these brazen killings were particularly shocking in that these journalists were not operating in an overseas combat zone, but were at work in their own offices in a democratic nation.
“The right to free speech is not only enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, we believe it is a universal human right, and we oppose all those who seek to squelch free expression.
“Today, SAG-AFTRA stands with the French people and the worldwide journalism community. Our hearts are with you.”
The Writers Guild of America, West, issued a statement this morning:
“Today, as a Guild, we reaffirm our belief in the free and open expression of ideas and in the pact all of us must make with each other, not to agree, but to be tolerant of that with which we disagree. We stand with those, wherever they are, who write and speak their minds, which is a brave and necessary thing to do. And we hope for ourselves and wish for others the resolve never to be silenced by fear.”