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Belfast vigil for Charlie Hebdo victims

A silent vigil will be held at Belfast City Hall today for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Amnesty International and the National Union of Journalists are calling on the public to join the short vigil at 1pm.

"We stand in solidarity with the journalists and police officers who lost their lives in Paris and in defence of freedom of expression and a free press," said Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland Programme Director of Amnesty International.

"Journalists must be able to carry out their work without fear of deadly violence. This atrocity sought to kill journalists, suppress freedom of expression and sow fear.  Those responsible cannot be allowed to succeed and must be held accountable before a court of law. ”

Twelve people were murdered in the deadly attack by gunmen on the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

A minute's silence was held in newsrooms across the UK and Ireland, including the Belfast Telegraph.

Journalists and members of the public have been tweeting pictures of their solidarity action with the now-viral hashtag #JesuisCharlie.

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