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


The French magazine Charlie Hebdo was presented with the 2015 Freedom of Expression Courage Award (for the advancement of human rights) of the PEN American Centre at the American Museum of Natural History. Freedom of Expression Courage Award was accepted by Charlie Hebdo’s Editor-in-chief Gerard Biard and critic-essayist Jean-Baptiste Thoret.

  1. Instead of this magazine, the awards were also presented to playwright Tom Stoppard, Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova and Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle.
  2. PEN American Centre was founded in 1922 and it is an association of 4000 US writers working to break down barriers for free expression worldwide.
  3. 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.
  4. PEN American Centre is composed of centres, each of which represents the different area of the award such as open to all qualified writers, journalists, translators, historians, and others actively engaged in any branch of literature, regardless of nationality and religion.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 14, 2015