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Swedish Academy updates ancient statutes

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The Swedish Academy has made public new updates to its eighteenth-century statutes, which will require members to refrain from criticising their Academy colleagues or the Academy itself in public.

New comments have been added to the 58 paragraphs in the Academy's statutes, which were established by King Gustav III in 1786. The comments state that "the Academy member is expected to put the Academy's interests ahead of their own and is expected to avoid situations where a clash of duties may emerge".

Gunnar Bolin of Swedish Radio's culture department said today's announcement means some changes that have been known since last Spring are now official. He added that the rules about not criticising the Academy in public could be interpreted as "a slap in the face" to both sides in the conflict that has shaken the Academy in recent months.

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