During an interview in Stockholm, Mo surprisingly defended China’s suppression of free speech, saying that censorship should not prevent the truth, but that rumors and defamation “should be censored.”

“But I also hope that censorship, per se, should have the highest principle,” Mo added.

Mo went on to liken censorship to the airport security he passed through flying to Stockholm.

“When I was taking my flight, going through the customs … they also wanted to check me even taking off my belt and shoes,” he said. “But I think these checks are necessary.”