China's Nobel Prize winner says 'censorship is necessary'
This year's winner of Nobel Prize in literature Mo Yan has defended censorship as something as necessary as airport security checks, a report has said.
Mo said he doesn't feel that censorship should stand in the way of truth, but that any defamation, or rumours, ''should be censored.''
"But I also hope that censorship, per se, should have the highest principle," he said.
According to Stuff.co.nz, he also suggested he won't join an appeal calling for the release of the jailed 2010 Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo, a fellow writer and compatriot.
Yan has been criticized for his membership in China's Communist Party and reluctance to speak out against the country's government.
His comments on Thursday made during a news conference in Stockholm, appear unlikely to soften his critics' views toward him, the report said.
In addressing the sensitive issue of censorship in China, Mo likened it to the thorough security procedures he was subjected to as he travelled to Stockholm.
"When I was taking my flight, going through the customs ... they also wanted to check me - even taking off my belt and shoes. But I think these checks are necessary," the report quoted him, as saying.