Actress Tina Fey arrives at the 21st Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 20, 2014.
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January 7, 2015 4:51 PM EST

In the wake of Wednesday’s shooting at the Paris office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which left at least 10 journalists and two police officers dead, comedy icon Tina Fey took a moment to respond, emphasizing the importance of free speech.

“Obviously, that news is terrible and tragic and upsetting,” the 30 Rock creator and SNL alum said when asked about the deadly attack at a Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. Fey continued, connecting the tragedy in France with another recent global issue concerning free speech.

“You look at that and you look at the controversy surrounding The Interview, it makes you think about how important free speech is and how it absolutely must be defended,” Fey said. “[We] cannot back down on free speech in any way. We all have to stand firm on the issue of free speech.”

Fey’s show 30 Rock often satirized everything from the media to gender politics to religion, as did her work on Saturday Night Live — but it rarely stirred up controversy at the same level as Charlie Hebdo.

“But we’re Americans,” Fey added, “and even if it’s dumb jokes in The Interview, we have the right to make them.”

(h/t BuzzFeed)

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