Swedish intellectuals form new literature prize in Nobel protest

Swedish intellectuals have joined forces to form a new prize-giving body in protest after the Swedish Academy, which selects Nobel laureates, was plunged into crisis over its long-standing ties to a man accused of assaulting several women.

The alternative honor serves to denounce “bias, arrogance and sexism,” according to its founders The New Academy, whose members include authors, artists and journalists.

It is meant to “remind people that literature and culture at large should promote democracy, transparency, empathy and respect, without privilege,” the 107 intellectuals wrote in a joint statement

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