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Playwright Tom Stoppard said he will accept PEN's highest award next month in New York to put a spotlight on a "frightening time" for free expression.Stoppard is to accept the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. chapter of the global human-rights organization of writers and editors. Stoppard said he and fellow artists have lately found it difficult to tread the line between a desire for absolute right of free expression and the hope of being respectful to those with different beliefs and creeds.The PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award will go to jailed Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova.
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