An image of a medal showing Alfred Nobel next to the words ‘Peter Handke’ and ‘not in my name’ has become the symbol of the protest against awarding the controversial writer with the Nobel Prize, while the hashtags #NotSoNobel and #NotInMyName have flooded Twitter.
Some of the world’s most renowned writers, such as Salman Rushdie, Hari Kunzru and Aleksandar Hemon criticised the Nobel Committee’s decision to award Handke - a vocal supporter of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic - with the Nobel Prize in literature.
In Bosnia, survivors and loved ones of those who were killed in the massacres between 1992 and 1995 protested in front of the Swedish Embassy in Sarajevo after the news came out on October 10.
Public anger about the decision only increased when Handke recently refused to answer questions about his stance on the Srebrenica Genocide and the rulings by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
Among those who recently used the hashtags to express their dissatisfaction with Handke’s Nobel Prize are, among others, Bosnian film director and Academy Award winner Danis Tanovic and renowned French war correspondent Remy Ourdan.