What is free speech?
Is it the right of every citizen to speak his or her mind? (within the confines of the law or regardless the law?)
Is it a duty ?
What about the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, that was attacked earlier this year? The PEN American Center has decided to award the editors of this magazine. Tomorrow a ceremony will be held, but not everyone will be present.
Six co-hosts will be absent, among them Teju Cole and Taiye Selasi. The Congo-born writer Alain Mabanckou has a different opinion. He will be there. I do not know if Alain agrees or disagrees with the ‘French arrogance’ mentioned in the letter by the six.
Here is an opinion, from the country of Charlie Hebdo.