On October 8, 2010, Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo was announced as the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China." Liu has been one of China's most prominent dissidents. He spent two years in prison following the Tiananmen Square uprising, has long challenged China's one-party rule and coauthored Charter 08, a petition calling for political reforms in the country. He is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence in China for inciting subversion. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jiang Yu denounced the decision, calling it "contrary to the purpose of the Nobel Prize." Chinese authorities censored the announcement, blocking internet searches and international broadcasts about it and even turning off phones of people who text messaged the news.
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