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Je Suis Charlie?; why the Middle East needs a sexual revolution; the real story behind the song 'I Was Only 19'

April 30th, 2015

Episode 178 of 507 episodes

The decision by PEN to award its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has led to controversy among prominent authors. Authors including Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje and Rachel Kushner said there is a critical difference between supporting expression that violates the acceptable, which Charlie Hebdo does, and enthusiastically rewarding such expression. They support Charlie Hebdo's right to offend, but not giving it a prize for so doing. Other authors such as Salman Rushdie have criticised the boycott saying "it is quite right that PEN should honour Charlie Hebdo's sacrifice and condemn their murder without these disgusting 'buts'.

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