China Nobel winner Mo Yan calls for jailed laureate’s freedom

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Chinese writer Mo Yan gestures during a news conference in his hometown of Gaomi, Shandong provinceGAOMI, China (Reuters) – Chinese Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan unexpectedly called for the release of jailed compatriot Liu Xiaobo, who won the Nobel Peace Prize two years ago, having come under fire from rights activists for not speaking up for him. The author, a portly 57-year-old whose adopted pen name Mo Yan means "don't speak", said he had read some of Liu's literary criticisms in the 1980s, but that he had no understanding of Liu's work once it had turned towards politics. …

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