Let's speak up for openness, acceptance, tolerance - freedom of expression is at the heart of democracy
Freedom of expression is at the heart of democracy. Write Out Loud’s raison d’être is helping and encouraging people to find their voice and share their words with each other in an open, accepting, tolerant atmosphere, regardless of religion, race, gender, physical ability or social circumstances. We respect the rights of those of all religions to practise their faith freely, without imposing their beliefs on others, and of those of no religion to hold to their own views. The Write Out Loud team, and I am sure most if not all of our members and visitors, stand alongside the cartoonists and writers of Charlie Hebdo at this appalling time. We utterly condemn what has been perpetrated in France, and urge all who value freedom of expression to do the same.