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French magazine Charlie Hebdo presented with Freedom of Expression Courage Award 2015

May 7, 2015 16:11 IST

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was on 5 May 2015 presented with the 2015 Freedom of Expression Courage Award of the PEN American Centre at the American Museum of Natural History.

The award was accepted by Charlie Hebdo's Editor-in-chief Gerard Biard and critic-essayist Jean-Baptiste Thoret. Other than the magazine, the awards were also presented to playwright Tom Stoppard, Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova and Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle.

The PEN American Centre recognized the Charlie Hebdo for the award as twelve of its staff members were massacred in a January 2015 terrorist attack caused by magazine's offensive cartoons of Muslims.

About PEN American Centre

Founded in 1922, PEN American Centre is an association of 4000 US writers working to break down barriers for free expression worldwide. Its distinguished members carry on the achievements in literature and in the advancement of human rights.

PEN is composed of centres, each of which represents its membership and membership of its Centres is open to all qualified writers, journalists, translators, historians, and others actively engaged in any branch of literature, regardless of nationality, race, colour or religion.

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