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December 13, 2012

Rushdie: Mo Yan is a “patsy of the regime”

Filed under: Authors — Tags: , , , , , , , — Bookblurb @ 10:52 am

rushdie_rect-460x307The Chinese laureate won’t sign a petition calling for Liu Xiabo’s freedom, earning a withering rebuke from Rushdie

By David Daley

Nobel Prize laureate Mo Yan — who has compared censorship to something as necessary as an airport security check and earned scorn from other writers for not being a staunch advocate of freedom of expression — came under criticism Thursday from Salman Rushdie.

Rushdie, who spent nearly a decade in hiding after Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called for his death upon the publication of “The Satanic Verses,” expressed frustration on Facebook that Yan would not support fellow writers and free speech activists in calling for the freedom of Liu Xiabo, the 2010 Nobel Peace laureate. More than 130 other Nobel laureates have signed the petition, including Desmond Tutu.

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