‘Being shocked is part of the democratic debate,’ says French satirical magazine’s editor as armed police guard New York gala
By Philip Sherwell|The Telegraph
The editor of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo delivered a defiant message about free speech and secularism as he accepted a controversial award that has split the literary world.
“Being shocked is part of the democratic debate,” said Gerard Biard after he was presented with the PEN America award for courage of freedom of expression for the magazine. “Being shot is not.”