Two of the surviving journalists from French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo brushed off controversy over a literary award Friday.

In January, 12 members of the magazine's staff were massacred when two Islamist gunmen -- enraged by caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed -- stormed an editorial meeting in Paris.

This month, the publication is to be honored by the PEN authors association, but more than 150 writers have pulled out of the event in protest at cartoons they say are offensive to France's minority populations.

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