A very sad day for intellectual freedom

Liu Xiaobo, serving an 11-year prison sentence, was not permitted to travel and accept his Nobel Peace Prize. It was the first time in 74 years the prestigious $1.2 million Nobel Peace Prize was not handed over.

A quote from Kahill Gibran (Lebanese poet and novelist 1883-1931) eloquently captures the gravity when voices are silenced.

“You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?”

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