Chinese Nobel Prize-Winner Says We Need Censorship Like We Need Airport Security
from the super-silly-or-super-subtle? dept
This year’s winner of the Nobel prize in literature, the Chinese writer Mo Yan, was a controversial choice. Some saw him as too close to the Chinese establishment, and thus insufficiently heroic — unlike the previous Chinese Nobel prize-winner, the imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo.
While Mo was in Stockholm to pick up his prize, he gave a press conference where, inevitably, he was asked about this:
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.”
Some will see this as confirming his supine attitude to state censorship. But maybe it’s just an extremely subtle attack on airport security…