Charlie Hebdo awarded 2015 PEN Freedom of Expression Courage award
The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was presented a Freedom of Expression Courage award from the PEN American Center.
Editor-in-chief Gerard Biard and critic-essayist of Charlie Hebdo, Jean-Baptiste Thoret accepted the award at a function held at the American Museum of Natural History.
The satirical magazine was recognized for this award by PEN American Centre as 12 of its staff members had died during January 2015 terrorist attack on its Paris based office.
About Charlie Hebdo
- Charlie Hebdo is a weekly French satirical news magazine.
- It is being published since 1970 and had break between 1981 and 1992.
- The magazine is mainly known for its controversial provocative cartoons and caricatures that had targeted extreme right, Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, politics, culture and others.
- Stephane Charbonnier, editor of the magazine had described the magazine as left-wing, secular and atheist.
It should be noted that PEN American Centre (Founded in 1922) is an association of around 4000 United States writers. These writers are working to break down barriers for free expression worldwide. These distinguished writers are having high achievements in literature and in the advancement of human rights.