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Chinese Embassy Spokesperson: Awarding a Criminal is a Sheer Farce

As is known to all, Gui Minhai is a criminal who has committed serious offences in both China and Sweden. He is a lie-fabricator and rumor-spreader. Svenska PEN, out of ulterior political agenda and consistent biases and hostility against China, awards Gui Minhai the 2019 Tucholsky Prize, which is not only a sheer farce, but also a mockery of genuine freedom of speech and a slap in the face of Svenska PEN itself.

The producers of this farce ignore the will of Gui Minhai himself, and act on their own wishful thinking, self-righteousness and arrogance. They will surely suffer the consequences of their own actions. We ask the producers of this farce to get out of the trap of narcissism, and immediately cancel the award to Gui Minhai and to stop politicizing the case. We call on relevant parties and the Swedish people not to be deceived and coerced by the Svenska PEN and a few anti-China elements, and not to support this farce.

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