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Updated: Will Julian Assange be Nobel nominee?. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could be among this year’s Nobel Peace Prize nominees, experts say. The Norwegian Nobel Committee is having its first meeting of the year today to consider candidates, and will announce the final nominees in October. Usually, news events have a great influence on the nominations, meaning Russian human rights activists, as well as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange might be listed for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, reports AFP.

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Updated: Will Julian Assange be Nobel nominee?

Published on Tuesday, 1st February, 2011 at 09:23 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last Updated on 1st February 2011 at 12:49.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could be among this year’s Nobel Peace Prize nominees, experts say.

Julian Assange, Norway, March 2010
Julian Assange, Norway, March 2010
Photo: Espen Moe/Wikimedia Commons


The Norwegian Nobel Committee is having its first meeting of the year today to consider candidates, and will announce the final nominees in October.

Usually, news events have a great influence on the nominations, meaning Russian human rights activists, as well as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange might be listed for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, reports AFP.

Kristian Berg-Harpviken, director for the Peace Research Institute Oslo, tells The Foreigner “he is pretty sure Mr. Assange will be nominated, but that he will not receive the prize.”

“He is too controversial, and the Wikileaks release has raised serious questions about the data security issue, as well as the availability of potentially-harmful information”, he says.

According to Nobel expert and historian Asle Sveen, also believes it unlikely Mr. Assange will be given the prize because of what allegedly happened in Sweden. He faces possible extradition to answer allegations of rape and sexual molestation.

Moreover, US journalist and Nobel Peace Prize specialist Scott London tells AFP that “claiming Assange’s actions of having in some way promoted ‘fraternity among nations’, to invoke the famous line in Alfred Nobel’s will, would be far-fetched, if not altogether inaccurate”.

This year’s list of nominees might also be influenced by the waves of protests against authoritarian Arab regimes, including those in Tunisia and Egypt.

“That’s a possibility, but no name really stands out. In Egypt, the (opposition) movement seems very spontaneous. And (the most visible opposition leader) Mohamed ElBaradei already received a Nobel Prize”, says Asle Sveen.

Nobel Committee members will be able to start adding to the nominations list from 28th February.

Mr. Sveen believes two women candidates among last year’s favourites, Svetlana Gannushkina, the Russian human activist who is also looking after Maria Amelie, and Sima Samar from Afghanistan, are likely to be on the list this year again.

“It has been a long time since the Nobel was given to a woman and giving it to Sima Samar would have the additional benefit of raising the issue of women in Muslim countries”, he says.



Published on Tuesday, 1st February, 2011 at 09:23 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last updated on 1st February 2011 at 12:49.

This post has the following tags: wikileaks, julianassange, nobelpeaceprize, kristianbergharpviken, aslesveen, mariaamelie.





  
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