Friday, October 8, 2010

Liu Xiaobo Wins Nobel Peace Prize

BBC News
Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been named the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

Making the announcement in Oslo, Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said Mr Liu was "the foremost symbol of the wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China".

Mr Liu's wife and some Western nations have called for his immediate release.
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China said the award was a violation of Nobel principles and could damage relations with Norway.

I think by threatening the Nobel Committee and Norway, the CCP pretty much guaranteed that Liu would win the prize.

What's China going to do now? Regardless what you think about the Nobel Peace Prize, it's a big international story that the CCP will find hard to censor. I'm disheartened to read some of the comments though. The legacy of Mao and his cult of personality is that the CCP = Chinese. That's total BS. How is it a "Chinese characteristic" to lock up and violently abuse those with a different political opinion? Is getting rich the so important that everything else is secondary?


Yahoo! News
In China, broadcasts of the announcement by CNN were blacked out. Popular Internet sites removed coverage of the Nobel prizes, placed prominently in recent days for the science awards. Messages about "Xiaobo" to Sina Microblog, a Twitter-like service run by Internet portal, were quickly deleted. Attempts to send mobile text messages with the Chinese characters for Liu Xiaobo failed.

Seriously, if you have nothing to hide, then don't act like a thief. If the CCP thinks they're right for sending Liu to jail for 11 years because he wrote a document, then why censor the news? This is the typical Chinese way: ignore/hide and hope it goes away.


Well, if the CCP will even censor their own Premier (Wen Jiabao), then there's no chance the Nobel Prize news will be discussed officially in China. Lame... but I'm repeating myself.

WSJ Blog
An official news blackout in China surrounding Premier Wen Jiabao’s interview over the weekend with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria hasn’t kept it from becoming one of the hottest topics on the Chinese Internet. If anything, censorship has only made it hotter—possibly giving Wen additional political clout in the process.


Information about the interview on the Chinese Internet appears to come almost exclusively from Phoenix TV, blogs and micro-blogging services like Sina Weibo. News portals in China are running a commentary on the interview from the official Liberation Daily newspaper that manages not to quote Wen at all, focusing instead on the differences in Zakaria’s questions from 2008 and 2010.

The irony of Wen’s statements on freedom and censorship being censored in official media was not lost on Chinese observers.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i saw that the government censored some of the CNN broadcasts when this was announced. i guess not everyone was on vacation for this.

CCP lodged a formal protest to the Norwegian government. as if they had any say in the matter. although the peace prize is a pretty politicized event