The Charlie Hebdo Massacre appalled us and shocked us, as it did all morally sound people.

If you’re a VeloVeritas regular you’ll be aware that we take full advantage of our “right to rant.”

Charlie Hebdo MassacreFreedom of Speech is something we take for granted in a Western Democracy.

But recent events in Paris where the Charlie Hebdo offices were stormed and staff and others slaughtered, remind us that it’s a principle which people surrender their lives to uphold.

Whilst we don’t get involved with politics or religion we respect the right of our fellow journalists to be controversial and thought-provoking, to inspire discussion and to present disruptive or counter-populist viewpoint.

We are shocked, saddened and sickened by the Paris atrocity carried out in the name of ‘religion’, and we extend our heart-felt condolences to the family and friends of the victims and all those affected.

In future, when we’re worried about whether we’re being overly cautious, “should we print that?”, we’ll remember our colleagues at Charlie Hebdo and ask ourselves “would those guys run with that?”

Our thoughts with the staff, family and friends of Charlie Hebdo.