Fellow Chinese Dissidents Bash Nobel Prize Frontrunner Claim jailed Liu Xiaobo too soft on communists By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Oct 7, 2010 10:00 AM CDT 2 comments Comments Pro-democracy protesters hold a candle light vigil as they support recently jailed mainland dissident Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) (Newser) – Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is seen as one of the frontrunners for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, but he’s drawing opposition from an unusual quarter: other Chinese dissidents. A group of 14 overseas dissidents wrote a letter to the Nobel committee calling Liu an “unsuitable” laureate, complaining of his “open praise” of the Communist Party. Liu’s supporters describe him as a pragmatist working for peaceful change, and say his latest prison sentence—11 years for writing a manifesto on Democratic reform—is evidence enough of his sincerity. Here are some other top contenders for tomorrow's award, according to the Christian Science Monitor: Sima Samar—An Afghan activist for human rights and women’s rights. She’d be the first woman to win since 2003. The Democratic Voice of Burma—A media group that equips covert journalists with equipment to keep watch over the oppressive Burmese regime. Svetlana Gannushkina—A champion of rights for immigrants and refugees in Russia. The Special Court for Sierra Leone—A group looking for “truth and reconciliation” following the country’s civil war. The Internet—Seriously.