The union for New Zealand journalists stands in solidarity with the victims of the attack on Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.
"We condemn the use of violence to intimidate and silence journalists, whether they are reporters, photographers or cartoonists," says Paul Tolich, EPMU industry organiser for the print and media industry.
"A free press is a cornerstone of democracy and satire has always played an important role. We must not tolerate threats to the independence and freedom of the media."
"Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims at this terrible time."
The EPMU is an affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists and supports the IFJ's condemnation of the attacks.
For more information please contact:
Paul Tolich, EPMU industry organiser for print and media: 0275 935 595
Stephanie Rodgers, EPMU communications officer: 022 269 1170