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Egyptian Author-journalist Ahmed Naji to Receive PEN Award

An imprisoned Egyptian author and journalist is being given the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, presented by PEN America. Ahmed Naji received a two-year sentence in February for “destroying social values,'' an allegation tied to the content of his novel The Use of Life. The 30-year-old Naji has written three books and is a contributor to the state-owned Akhbar al-Adab literary magazine, among other publications. His trial came after Akhbar al-Adab released an excerpt in 2014...

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