In the Dutch capital Amsterdam a meeting was held past weekend with an illustrous guest from Denmark. Westergaard made cartoons on the prohet Mohammed. His life is in permament danger, already for many years. The Dutch PEN chapter decided to withdraw from the organization of the event at which the cartoonist was one of the guests.
In the United States of America PEN has decided to honour Charlie Hebdo with an award. At first six writers (among them Teju Cole and Taiye Selasi), who were to act as co-hosts, decided to withdraw from the function. Other joined them in their protest, and still others backed PEN America. One of the backers of the PEN America decision and event is the Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou.