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According to the Guardian, the Nobel prize in Literature will be awarded twice this year, in order to make up for last year, during which time the Swedish Academy withheld the award due to a sexual misconduct scandal. A string of sexual assault allegations were made against Jean-Claude Arnault, husband of member Katrina Frostenson, ending with Arnault’s conviction and imprisonment for rape in October.
The Nobel Foundation announced that they intend to take steps to restore trust in the institution, so awards for both 2018 and 2019 will be announced this autumn. Still, despite these steps, the foundation has a long way to go before restoring public confidence. The Academy was widely criticized for its handling of the investigation into Arnault’s behavior. But on Tuesday, the Nobel Foundation praised the Academy’s new efforts, saying they have handled the situation maturely and saying they are attempting to add external voices to add new perspectives.
Although this situation was rightfully a complex one, it seems the Academy is taking good first steps to restore confidence in the voters. We hope they handle the situation well and are excited for the eventually winners of the two awards, coming in autumn.
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