Photo gallery : Charlie HEBDO

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova paid homage to the 12 victims of the savage attack against the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo in the heart of Paris. Eight of those killed when three masked gunmen opened fire on an editorial meeting at the magazine’s offices, were journalists. They included four renowned cartoonists, Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut (Cabu), Bernard Verlhac (Tignous) and Stephane Charbonnier (Charb).

At least another 11 people were injured and several remain in critical condition.   “Never before has one media outlet been so deliberately targeted and its staff decimated in an act of such extreme violence,” the Director-General said. “Today’s unprecedented and horrifying attack is a tragic reminder to us all that the right to freedom of expression is fragile, and that those who defend it may pay the ultimate price for doing so.