1. PEN AWARDS

    Hebdo Editor: Shock is Part of Debate

    Satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo columnist Patrick Pelloux (R) and cartoonist Luz (L) show a copy of their next issue titled "Tout est pardonne" ("All is forgiven") showing a caricature of Prophet Mohammad during a news conference at the French newspaper Liberation offices in Paris, January 13, 2015. Charlie Hebdo will publish the front page showing a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad holding a sign saying "Je suis Charlie" in its first edition since Islamist gunmen attacked the satirical newspaper. With demand surging for the edition due on Wednesday, the weekly planned to print up to 3 million copies and in sixteen languages, dwarfing its usual run of 60,000, after newsagents reported that large numbers of customers around the country were placing orders.

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    Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief for French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, accepted the Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award at the PEN American Center awards Tuesday night. Biard received a standing ovation as he spoke about his newspaper's satirical cartoons depicting Muhammad, which provoked two Islamist gunmen to attack its offices in January and kill 12 people. "Growing up to be a citizen, is to learn that some ideas, some words, some images can be shocking," he told the gala. "Being shocked is part of democratic debate. Being shot is not." 

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