The 2012 Nobel Literature Prize laureate, Mo Yan of China speaks during a press conference Thursday Dec. 6, 2012 at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm. The official prize giving ceremony takes place in Stockholm on Dec. 10. (AP Photo/Janerik Henriksson) SWEDEN OUT
STOCKHOLM (AP) — 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.
Mo has been criticized by human rights activists for not being a more outspoken defender of freedom of speech and for supporting the Communist Party-backed writers’ association, of which he is vice president.
His comments Thursday, made during a news conference in Stockholm, appear unlikely to soften his critics’ views toward him.
Awarding him the literature prize has also brought criticism from Login to read more