Let’s do a quick recap of some prominent Nobel Prize winners in recent years. Paul Krugman for Economics in 2008. Barack Obama for Peace in 2009. Now we have Mo Yan for Literature in 2012, a Chinese citizen who advocates in favor of censorship. Yes, you heard right, a writer who favors censorship. It gets even better as Mo actually compares speech censorship to security checkpoints at the airport. From the Huffington Post:
STOCKHOLM — This year’s Nobel Prize in literature winner, Mo Yan, who has been criticized for his membership in China’s Communist Party and reluctance to speak out against the country’s government, defended censorship Thursday as something as necessary as airport security checks.
He also suggested he won’t join an appeal calling for the release of the jailed 2010 Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo, a fellow writer and compatriot.
In addressing the sensitive issue of censorship in China, Mo likened it to the thorough security procedures he was subjected to as he traveled to Stockholm.
“When I was taking my flight, going through the customs … they also wanted to check me – even taking off my belt and shoes,” he said. “But I think these checks are necessary.”
What a guy. Well at least one thing has been proven without a shadow of a doubt at this point. The Nobel Prize means absolutely nothing.
It seems this is just a continuation the censorship meme that has been growing and I highlighted in my piece Here We Go…Slate Magazine Bashes the First Amendment.
Full article here.