29 Sep '11, 7am

China halts alternative peace price (AFP):

SHANGHAI (AFP) - China's culture ministry has ordered organisers of a shadowy alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize to scrap the ceremony, saying they were not given official permission to promote the event. The Confucius Peace Prize emerged for the first time last year, when it was suddenly announced by a group two days before jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel amid furious protests from Beijing. Members of the jury at the time, many of them professors, awarded the prize to Taiwan's Lien Chan at a chaotic press conference, although the former vice president's office denied all knowledge of the award. Earlier this month at a press briefing, organisers announced candidates for this year's prize that included China's controversial choice as the Panchen Lama and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

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