Attack on Charlie Hebdo is an attack on media freedom

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Stop killing journalists. Photo: UNESCO

An attack on a French satirical newspaper in Paris in which 12 people reportedly died has been condemned by the head of the UN Cultural Agency, UNESCO.

According to local media reports, masked gunmen entered the offices of the Charlie Hebdo paper and shot people.

The satirical newspaper is widely known for publishing a caricature of the Prophet Mohamed on its cover who Muslims believe to be a messenger of God.

It was attacked in 2011 by Islamic extremists.

The UNESCO chief, Irina Bokova, said she was shocked and horrified by Wednesday's assault.

She said the world community cannot allow extremists to silence the free flow of opinions and ideas.

The latest controversy is reportedly over a tweet depicting a cartoon of the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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