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In the wake of the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices in Paris on Jan. 7, Reporters Without Borders called on France's religious leaders to sign a "Declaration on Freedom of Expression". Three months later, it looks like the petition is a flop.

The campaign was first announced by Reporters Without Borders' (RSF) Secretary-General Christophe Deloire at a unity march held in Paris on January 11 in response to the massacre at the satirical weekly, as well as a deadly attack on a kosher grocery store in the east of the French capital.

The petition – which states that "everyone is free to express criticism, even irreverent criticism, of any system of political, philosophical or religious thought" – was officially launched in early February with the help of Jean-Louis Bianco, president of the Observatory of Secularism, a government organisation that focuses on protecting secularism in France.


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