PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award winner Ahmed Naji poses for a photo in Cairo. Yasmin Hosam El Din via AP
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An imprisoned Egyptian author and journalist is being given the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, presented by PEN America.The complaint against Naji originated when a reader of Akhbar al-Adab alleged that the excerpt made him physically ill.A literary and human rights organization, its name an acronym for "Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists," PEN has given its Freedom to Write Award to jailed writers from Saudi Arabia to Cuba.PEN will honor Naji on May 16 at its annual gala in Manhattan.
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