China Central Television (CCTV) will report from tomorrow’s award ceremony for the Nobel Prize in literature for the first time. The station has posted this excited message to its Tencent Weibo:
CCTVnewsroom: First Time CCTV Invited to Nobel Literature Prize Ceremony: Signal for Mo Yan? The winner of the Nobel prize in literature will be announced on October 11 at 7 p.m. Beijing Time. AFP reports the prize could very well go to either Chinese author Mo Yan or Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Only three TV stations in the world are given permission to report from the award ceremony, and this year CCTV has been invited for the first time. Could Mo Yan become China’s first Nobel winner?
Mo Yan is the vice-chair of the Chinese Writers’ Association, an official Communist Party body founded in 1953. Mo’s position is the likely impetus for state media’s attention.
AmazeNews captured some of the outraged responses CCTV’s post elicited:
BigEcho: First? Isn’t Mr. Liu Xiaobo Chinese?
bear8: Heh heh, first? If he gets it he’ll be the third. It’s just that one can’t get in and the other can’t get out.
wangji: What this really means is he’d be the first Chinese person who doesn’t win the Nobel from jail.
foggyDreamV: You should say that he would be the first Chinese citizen to be recognized by the authorities for winning the Nobel.
william2: The Big International Joke: CCTV is invited to report on the Nobel prize in literature, @CCTVnewsroom shouts for joy, @PeoplesDaily hollers back, “Could Mo Yan become China’s first Nobel winner?” The Meaning: In the social media age, the two greatest mouthpieces have no clue that our country had Nobel prize winners long ago. Just who are they cracking this international joke
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