In China, Vargas Llosa criticizes authoritarianism

By the Associated Press | June 15, 2011 | 12:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has spoken out in China on how authoritarian governments corrupt society, but Chinese media have ignored his comments.

The Peruvian writer spoke Tuesday at a Shanghai university after being named an honorary professor there. He urged citizens to participate in politics.

Reports Wednesday in Chinese publications stuck to his comments on literature and how winning the Nobel prize has made his private life a target for the media.

Media outlets in China are state-controlled.

Vargas Llosa may have already been unpopular with China's authoritarian government because he spoke out last year in support of Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace laureate the government says is a criminal.