Writers Protest Charlie Hedbo’s “Freedom of Courage” Award
The PEN American association of writers recognized the French magazine Charlie Hebdo with the 2015 Freedom of Expression Courage Award, causing a protest among the organization’s members. During the Gala ceremony, six writers walked out of the event in protest after the announcement that Charlie Hebdo was rewarded. More than 200 PEN members signed a letter of protest. They believe that Charlie Hebdo should not be awarded because the magazine did not demonstrate “freedom of expression courage,” but was promoting “cultural intolerance” instead.