The Association of Balkan News Agencies - Southeast Europe (ABNA-SE) condemns the cold-blooded attack against the freedom of expression and against innocent civilians that took place on Wednesday in Paris.
"We are facing a 'barbarous act' that outraged mankind and it is our right as human beings to 'enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear' as the Universal Declartion of Human Rights stated 67 years ago. It is our right to defend ourselves with our ideas. All those people paid with their lives for expressing their views and for putting into practice the most beautiful act of this job: the right to express and spread their ideas. Therefore, we all must stand together against these violent attacks that try to divide us and to put us to silence. Because in a way we are all #charliehebdo", reads a press release issued on Thursday.
The Association of the Balkan News Agencies — Southeast Europe (ABNA-SE) was established in 1995, with an aim not only to develop a full cooperation among the news agencies of the region, but also to contribute to the establishment of a climate of peace, friendship, security and cooperation in our region, which was considered the 'powder magazine of Europe'. The founding Conference was held in Thessaloniki on June, 26 1995 with an initiative of the Macedonian Press Agency, while the Association's 1st General Assembly was held in Antalya, Turkey, on December, 15 and 16, 1995.