Obama: Magazine Attack Shows Terrorists 'Fear Freedom of Speech' - NBC NewsPresident Barack Obama on Wednesday called the assault on the office of a French magazine in Paris a "cowardly and evil attack" that underscores terrorists' "fear" of free speech.
Speaking to reporters before a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama said that the attack on satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo "underscores that these terrorists fear freedom of speech and freedom of the press."
The magazine has published cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
In his remarks, Obama expressed his sympathies to the people of Paris and of France for the "terrible terrorist attack." And he promised that the United States will help bring the perpetrators of the assault to justice and will "roll of up the networks that help to advance these kinds of plots."