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A Nobel Prize for Denying Genocide (Insights from Peter Maass)

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In the early 1990s, I covered the Bosnia war, reporting on the Serb-run concentration camps where thousands of Muslims were tortured or killed. I  reported on the Serb siege of Sarajevo, which endured for more than 3 years.

Last month, the settled question of what happened in Bosnia was reopened when the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Peter Handke, an Austrian who for decades has denied the genocide. I’ve written several stories on the controversy but the latest one is, I think, the most shocking: Two Nobel jurors, during their deliberations, were duped by a bizarre conspiracy theory that downplays Serb atrocities.

A lot of truths are under assault these days; The Intercept’s reporting shows how the Nobel Prize organization has become part of this trend. Handke is scheduled to accept his Nobel, and nearly $1 million in award money, on December 10 in Stockholm.  

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