Left Menu
Development News Edition

Another member quits body that awards Nobel literature prize

Copenhagen, Nov 7 (AP) A member of the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature said Wednesday she is leaving the body, the latest person to quit amid sex abuse and financial crimes scandals at the exclusive group.

Jayne Svenungsson is the eighth person to quit or to be forced off the 18-member board of the Swedish Academy since the scandals broke last year.

Swedish broadcaster SVT reported that Svenungsson, who joined in December, left after "careful consideration." The broadcaster quoted her as saying she wanted to focus on her full-time job as a university theology professor.

The Swedish Academy's permanent secretary, Anders Olsson, told Sweden's TT news agency that "it has been an extremely hard year for all of us, I can understand the difficulty she has had as a new member to enter the academy in the middle of this war."

The scandals have led the troubled academy to postpone the 2018 literature prize, with the intention of awarding it in 2019. The body has elected three new members in recent weeks to try to fill the vacant seats.

The academy's troubles centered on Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in Sweden and the husband of former Swedish Academy member Katarina Frostenson. Arnault, 72, was convicted of rape in October and sentenced to two years in prison.

Arnault has denied wrongdoing and appealed the ruling.

The allegations against the Frenchman began in November 2017 when 18 women came forward in a Swedish newspaper with abuse accusations against him.

An internal Swedish Academy investigation found in April that "unacceptable behaviour in the form of unwanted intimacy" had taken place within the ranks of the prestigious institution.

But a fierce internal debate over how to face up to the academy's flaws in responding to the misconduct divided its 18 members into hostile camps. Several members either left or disassociated themselves from the secretive academy.

Its then permanent secretary, Sara Danius, quit in April at the same time as Frostenson, leading observers to wonder why some of Sweden's most accomplished women appeared to the taking the fall for a man's alleged misconduct.

Many people in the Scandinavian nation, known for promoting gender equality, have expressed dismay over the scandal, which has led to accusations of patriarchal leanings among some academy members.

After the sex abuse allegations surfaced, the Academy's annual funding of 126,000 kronor (USD 14,000) to Arnault's cultural center was immediately stopped.

The academy stressed it had not been paid to Arnault personally.

He is also suspected of violating century-old Nobel rules by leaking names of winners of the prestigious award — allegedly seven times, starting in 1996.

"It has been important and meaningful for me to contribute to the Academy's reconstruction in the wake of the crisis that ironically coincided with my entry," Svenungsson said, according to Swedish media. (AP) MRJ


(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.



Top 10 Fake News, Myths and Realities on 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID 19

With nearly 1500 deaths by January 14 and around 65,000 infections in China, the Novel Coronavirus 2019 has become one of the worst health epidemics of the 21st Century. However, 8,573 people have been cured but the rumor mongers are a...

Handling fake news Infodemic in time of Coronavirus epidemic

Social media has provided a platform where everybody can disseminate his her views without any supervision. Its excellent if the message is genuine but misinformation is equally disastrous. Health is such a topic where every Tom and Harry c...

Sentiment Analysis on Budget 2020: Long shot for solution to economic worries?

Industries and individuals alike had high expectations from the government to take tangible steps but the budget 2020 seems to have failed expectations....

How can technology help the future of mobility?

More than a billion people or one-third of the global rural population lacked access to all-season roads and transport services in 2016, subsequently hindering the socio-economic development....


Latest News

UPDATE 1-Trump makes flashy entrance with limousine ride at Daytona 500

President Donald Trump made a showy entrance at the Daytona 500 on Sunday, riding in his limousine on the speedway track after flying over the cheering crowd aboard Air Force One ahead of NASCARS most prestigious race. Ramping up his nation...

UPDATE 2-Macron picks minister to lead Paris mayor battle after sexting scandal

French President Emmanuel Macron picked his widely respected health minister on Sunday to reinvigorate a campaign to win over Paris City Hall that fell apart when his previous candidate pulled out over a sexting scandal. Less than a month b...

Netanyahu says Israeli airliners have started overflying Sudan

Israeli commercial planes have started overflying Sudan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, casting the new air corridor as the result of a breakthrough meeting with the African Muslim countrys de-facto leader this month. Kha...

Internet coalition asks Pakistan to revoke new social media rules

The Asia Internet Coalition has urged the Pakistan government to revoke its newly-approved social media rules, warning that such regulations to control cyberspace will make it extremely difficult for companies to operate and cripple the cou...

Give Feedback