Yang Jisheng wins the Stieg Larsson Prize 2015
The Stieg Larsson Prize 2015 goes to Chinese author and journalist Yang Jisheng for his efforts to map the underlying causes of the Chinese famine 1958-1961, in which thirty-six million people perished.
“The famine is one of China's deepest collective traumas. Yang Jisheng receives the Stieg Larsson Prize for the journalistic courage he has shown in finding and telling the truth about it”, says Daniel Poohl, Editor of Swedish magazine Expo and chairman of the jury.
The jury's motivation reads:
Author and journalist Yang Jisheng is awarded the Stieg Larsson Prize 2015 for his determined and courageous investigative journalism.
For several years, Yang Jisheng mapped the impact of the widespread famine, caused by The Great Leap Forward and which led to the death of thirty-six million people. His research is presented in the ground-breaking book Tombstone, in which Yang Jisheng methodically and openly challenges the official history of the Chinese regime and gives voice to the victims of the catastrophe. In true Stieg Larsson spirit.
About the winner:
Yang Jisheng was born in a small village in China in 1940. His foster father died of starvation in 1959. Yang Jisheng worked as a propaganda journalist for a communist newspaper from 1966 until his retirement in 2001. He only began his work of examining the underlying causes of the famine in the 1990s. In his book Tombstone, which was published in Hong Kong in 2008, he reveals how the political campaign The Great Leap Forward resulted in a famine that killed thirty-six million people in China 1958-1961. The book is banned in China.
The Stieg Larsson Prize 2015 will be awarded jointly with the Order of the Teaspoon on the Day of the Teaspoon, Monday 2 November at 5 p.m. in the Eric Ercisson Hall on Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.
About the Stieg Larsson Prize
Stieg Larsson, author of the Millennium trilogy, fought tirelessly against racism and the oppression of women and for freedom of expression. It was a struggle born of a simple notion: that all people have a right to be themselves.
Together with Stieg Larsson's father Erland and his brother Joakim, Norstedt has instituted a prize worth SEK200 000 in Stieg Larsson's memory. The prize is awarded to individuals or organisations who work in the spirit of Stieg Larsson.
The jury selects a winner annually. This year's jury consists of Daniel Poohl (chairman), Editor of Expo, human rights lawyer Johanna Westeson, theologian Annika Borg and journalist and publisher Svante Weyler.
2014 Soraya Post and Thomas Hammarberg
2013 Svetlana Gannusjkina
2012 Maryam Al-Khawaja
2011 Vilma Nuñez de Escorcia
2010 Anne Sjögren