PEN Award For Charlie Hebdo Prompts Writers Protest

April 27, 2015 7:49 AM

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PEN Award For Charlie Hebdo Prompts Writers Protest

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other writers have withdrawn from next month's PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the literary and human rights organization's honoring the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

PEN announced Sunday that the writers were upset by Charlie Hebdo's portrayals of Muslims and "the disenfranchised generally." The Paris-based magazine, where 12 people were killed in a January attack at its offices, is to receive a Freedom of Expression Courage Award at the May 5 event in Manhattan...

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