Charlie Hebdo receives controversial PEN award
May 6 , 2015
Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, has received the PEN freedom of speech award in New York.
The decision to award the magazine had triggered a row, with dozens of authors voicing their disagreement over it. Six prominent writers boycotted the PEN event.
Islamist gunmen killed several staff members of Charlie Hebdo in an attack in Paris in January following the publication of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad by the magazine.
Meanwhile, the French parliament has approved new surveillance powers in wake of the January attacks that allow intelligence agencies to tap emails and phones without a judge’s permission.
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