January 7, 2015 | 03:39PM PT
Dave McNary
Film Reporter @Variety_DMcNary

SAG-AFTRA has issued its condolences to families of the French journalists and police killed in Wednesday’s terror attack at the Paris headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo magazine.

The union, which represents 160,000 actors and broadcasters, called the attack “despicable.”

Here is the entire statement:

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.

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Well said! I especially like that part about “free speech!” You think one day our SAG-AFTRA leadership will express the same sentiment to the Ol’ Watchdog?

Arl

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