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UPDATED: Chinese maintain Nobel pressure. Chinese authorities are continuing their strong denouncement of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo. One exiled former student activist is coming to Oslo, undeterred. “TV screens here in China will go blank when the BBC and CNN eventually start transmitting the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony,” says NRK’s Asian correspondent Anders Magnus. He reports Internet access is already blocked to NRK, the BBC, and CNN, in what he believes is authorities’ desire to deny Chinese viewers access to Internet TV.

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UPDATED: Chinese maintain Nobel pressure

Published on Thursday, 9th December, 2010 at 11:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 24th March 2011 at 16:16.

Chinese authorities are continuing their strong denouncement of awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo. One exiled former student activist is coming to Oslo, undeterred.

Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo
Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo
Photo: © 2005-2007 Bjørn Erik Pedersen/W. Commo


Restrictions

“TV screens here in China will go blank when the BBC and CNN eventually start transmitting the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony,” says NRK’s Asian correspondent Anders Magnus.

He reports Internet access is already blocked to NRK, the BBC, and CNN, in what he believes is authorities’ desire to deny Chinese viewers access to Internet TV.

The move is the latest round of Chinese pressure. 19 countries have cancelled their attendance at tomorrow’s ceremony.

The Nobel Institute has also been hit by various cyber attacks, including a false email invitation to the ceremony from Director Geir Lundestad containing a Trojan horse programme.

Politicians and members of the Nobel Committee and recently received an email allegedly from committee leader Thorbjørn Jagland with a different virus.

“We discovered a Trojan attack. The person opened the email in good faith and clicked on some links,” says Frode Rein, in charge Parliament’s data security.

Geir Lundestad likens the historic number of cyber attacks to “a daily boxing match.”

“Many of the attacks are extremely professionally executed,” he says.

“You cannot create and launch this [type of advanced attack] by tinkering from home,” Mr Rein adds.

Some Chinese students are also planning a demonstration in Oslo tomorrow against the award, which Mr Lundestad alleges is a result of embassy pressure.

“This year’s Peace Prize went to a Chinese criminal, which wasn’t particularly appropriate. It’s interfering with China’s internal affairs,” Zhang Yiming, who is studying Norwegian at the University of Oslo, tells TV2.

Recriminations

Chinese authorities still refuse to free jailed Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, and the sabre-rattling and war of words continues, both on the world stage and in Norway.

According to NRK, the US House of Representatives’ Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who is travelling to Oslo for the ceremony, censures China heavily for keeping him in prison.

“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Liu Xiaobo. We hope the Chinese government soon starts listening to the people who want freedom and democracy in the country.”

“Any attempt to put pressure on [China] regarding the release of detained Liu Xiaobo will not succeed,” says spokesperson for Beijing’s Foreign Ministry, Jiang Yu.

Furthermore, the Chinese delegation at the COP16 Summit in Cancun has refused climate negotiation talks with Norway, Dagbladet reports.

“They irrefutably indicate their unwillingness to hold political meetings, even here in Cancun, and there is no doubt China experiences the Peace Prize as a Western crusade against its government,” says Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister of the Environment.

Jan Tore Sanner, MP for the Conservative Party (H) and who nominated Liu Xiaobo for the prize, alleges what is happening only confirms why he was the committee’s correct choice.

“China is now demonstrating its brutality and totalitarian regime to the whole world,” he tells NRK.

Right

Meanwhile, exiled Chai Ling, one of the student leaders present at the 1989 Tiananmen Square bloodbath, is not bowing to the Chinese.

She accuses the regime of “labelling democracy as all bad,” and criticises fears that “democracy will lead to violence and crimes.”

Ms Ling is returning to Norway after a previous visit subsequent to her escape from China to the US, and is guest of honour tomorrow.

“We’re so in awe of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee’s courage, that it is trying to do what’s right is really to honour Liu Xiaobo, and honour the sacrifice and courage of many people like Liu Xiaobo who have not given up the dream to bring freedom to China,” she says.




Published on Thursday, 9th December, 2010 at 11:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 24th March 2011 at 16:16.

This post has the following tags: nobel, peace, prize, liu, xiaobo, chai, ling, tiananmen, square, jan, tore, sanner, oslo, conservatives, cop16, cancun, erik, solheim, pressure, jiang, yu, nancy, pelosi.





  
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