“A journalist’s most important and powerful tools are words, but even they are inadequate in expressing the horror we at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists feel about the attack on the staff of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. It also was an attack on freedom — and free speech — everywhere.
“Thomas Jefferson said, ‘The only security of all is a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed.’
“We could not agree more. Let us all have the courage to speak freely and to resist those who would prevent us from doing so.”
— Statement of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists,
approved Jan. 7, 2015, by the NSNC board