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Friday, 11 May 2018

Nobel Prize in literature will not be awarded in 2018: Swedish Academy

The Swedish Academy has said it will postpone this year's Nobel Prize in Literature but plans to award it next year. The decision makers cited the "crisis" around sex abuse that has caused some Academy members to resign.

Swedish newspaper published testimonies of 18 women who claimed to have been raped, sexually assaulted or harassed by Jean-Claude Arnault, the French husband of academy member Katarina Frostenson and an influential voice on the Swedish cultural scene. He and his wife ran a cultural club that received funding from the academy. Arnault has also been accused of leaking the names of literature prize nominees. He denies all accusations.

The Swedish Academy, which organizes the Nobel Prize in Literature, announced Friday that it will not award the 2018 honor due to sex abuse allegations that have raised turmoil among the academy members and cast critical light upon the prestigious annual award.

The Nobel Prize Foundation was created in 1900 to administer the will investor Alfred Nobel, which funds the prizes in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. The institution's rules allow a prize to be postponed for a year.

The Swedish Academy pointed out that this year is not the first time it has decided to delay the prize: the group declared a "reserved prize" in 1915, 1919, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1936 and 1949, with five of those postponed prizes being awarded at the same time as the following year's prize. Additionally, no Nobel prizes at all were awarded during the World War II years of 1940-42.
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Enyinda Nathaniel Okey

in such circumstances, 'expo' and 'halo effects' would interfere with their decisions.... extrapolated to mean the possibility of a Laureate being not-so-worthy

Endy Edeson

@Okey: Exactly sir. I am wondering what Wole Soyinka was is a recipient of the award would be thinking now

Johnson Ahile

very unfortunate. Nobel Alfred head will be rolling in his grave

Faith Kinika

that's why i like the white people, if it were to be in Nigeria, they will even give the award to the suspect

Endy Edeson

@Kinika: The current case of Dino Melaye contradicts your comment. Though, his offense is not sexual

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