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Norwegian MP Nominate Wikileaks for Nobel Peace Prize

Norwegian Member of Parliament, Snorre Valen, have officially nominated Wikileaks for the Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Valen compare Mr. Julian Assang with the recipient in 2010, the Chinese freedom fighter Liu Xiaobo.

“This way, the public has become aware of abuses of power that governments should be held accountable for.”

Snorre Valen

The Norwegian politician writes on his blog that he has nominated  Wikileaks for the Nobel Peace, referring to the controvercial site’s contribution to “democracy and freedom” around the world.

Nominations for the price of peace closed on Tuesday.

According to the website of the Prize, any beneficiary legislator, academic or award in the world can nominate anyone for the price, .

Member of the Norwegian Storting – parliament – Snorre Valen writes that Wikileaks has contributed to “draw a map of the freedom of information.”

Publishing material that is deemed classified by the government is an obvious right that newspapers and media have practiced for many, many decades. This way, the public has become aware of abuses of power that governments should be held accountable for. The internet doesn’t change this – it merely makes information more accessible, easier to distribute, and more democratic in the sense that virtually anyone with an internet connection can contribute.

Wikileaks is a site that publishes documents concerning its business and neglect of the government. Critics have accused of endangering national security, while the defenders have said that protect whistleblowers.

Political powers and institutions that ordinarily protect freedom of speech suddenly warn against the danger, the threat to security, yes even the “terrorism” that Wikileaks represent. In doing so, they fail in upholding democratic values and human rights. In fact, they contribute to the opposite. It is not, and should never be, the privileged of politicians to regulate which crimes the public should never be told about, and through which media those crimes become known.

The site has published numerous secret documents, including the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Military officials have criticized the publication of documents. US  Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he was “appalled” by the release schedule of war in Afghanistan last year.

It would be a crime to ban or oppose the right to publish such information. It should instead be protected, regardless of what we might think of the contents of some (or even all) of the published material. I am proud to nominate Wikileaks for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“Xiabao Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year, fought for human rights, democracy and freedom of expression in China,” Valen write on his blog.

“Similarly, Wikileaks took part in the battle those same values throughout the world, exposing (among many other things), corruption, war crimes and torture.”

Liu Xiabao was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his struggle for human rights, democracy and freedom of speech in China. Likewise: Wikileaks have contributed to the struggle for those very values globally, by exposing (among many other things) corruption, war crimes and torture – some times even conducted by allies of Norway.

Here’s the full statement: Why I have nominated Wikileaks for the Nobel Peace Prize

I don’t think most of my readers know who Snorre Valen is, so I’ll give you a few hints.

He belongs to the left side of the political spectrum, representing Sosialistisk Venstreparti, SV.

His political opponents at the website dokument.no describes him like this:

Valen represent the happy-go-lucky-anarchism that characterizes the Left today. Anything goes.

Hammers on:

Valen believes the right to disclose is a human right. .. To say that Wikileaks massive revelations is a human right, will make the concept meaningless.

And concludes:Valen is a representative of the desert generation who have never had to worry about consequences.

Speaking about consequences, if the Norwegian Peace Prize Committee should dare to be to be that provocative and give the award to Mr. Assange, the furious reactions from the Chinese government when  Xiabao Liu got the prize can easily become peanuts compared to the what can be executed by the United States of America.

Personally, I think it’s an interesting thought…

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Another Controversial Peace Price; Full Statement

The Norwegian Nobel Peace Price Committee made another controversial announcement Friday, awarding the Nobel Peace Price of 2010 to the Chinese imprisoned Liu Xiaobo. It is believed that an award to Liu put an uncomfortable spotlight on China’s dictatorship.

“He has been a strong advocate for that basic human rights should also apply in China,”  chairman of the Nobel Committee, Torbjorn Jagland, says announcing the winner.

Xiaobo has been the biggest favorite to receive the prestigious award this year.

However, he is also the candidate that Chinese authorities have feared the most.

Last a week a representative of China’s foreign ministry said that a prize award to Liu would be “inappropriate” since he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

It is believed that an award to Liu put an uncomfortable spotlight on China’s dictatorship.

This is the formal statement from the Norwegian Peace Price Committee:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 to Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has long believed that there is a close connection between human rights and peace. Such rights are a prerequisite for the “fraternity between nations” of which Alfred Nobel wrote in his will.

Over the past decades, China has achieved economic advances to which history can hardly show any equal. The country now has the world’s second largest economy; hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. Scope for political participation has also broadened.

China’s new status must entail increased responsibility. China is in breach of several international agreements to which it is a signatory, as well as of its own provisions concerning political rights. Article 35 of China’s constitution lays down that “Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration”. In practice, these freedoms have proved to be distinctly curtailed for China’s citizens.

For over two decades, Liu Xiaobo has been a strong spokesman for the application of fundamental human rights also in China. He took part in the Tiananmen protests in 1989; he was a leading author behind Charter 08, the manifesto of such rights in China which was published on the 60th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 10th of December 2008. The following year, Liu was sentenced to eleven years in prison and two years’ deprivation of political rights for “inciting subversion of state power”. Liu has consistently maintained that the sentence violates both China’s own constitution and fundamental human rights.

The campaign to establish universal human rights also in China is being waged by many Chinese, both in China itself and abroad. Through the severe punishment meted out to him, Liu has become the foremost symbol of this wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China.

Oslo, October 8, 2010

I guess the Norwegian Embassy in Beijing will have busy day, today, as several Chinese official calls in threats to boycott import of Volvo cars, or cancel the deliverance of IKEA-furniture…   

Anyway – here’s alleged Soviet mole Thorbjørn Jagland (code name JURI) saying the Lutheran Nobel Committee is above both Government and Parliament, as he answers question from the international press:

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