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Controversy surrounds PEN honor for Charlie Hebdo
Controversy surrounds PEN honor for Charlie Hebdo

If the PEN American Center’s mission is to promote free expression and lively discourse, the literary group accomplished that with its decision to honor the French magazine Charlie Hebdo at its annual Literary Gala on Tuesday night.   Even before the attack on a Texas art event lampooning the prophet Muhammad, PEN's decision to award Charlie Hebdo a freedom of expression citation had stirred controversy. Days before the ceremony got underway, under tighter-than-usual security due to Sunday's Texas attack, more than 200 members of PEN had signed a letter disassociating themselves from the decision to give the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression...

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