Graphic for Prix Voltaire 21 nominations

The International Publishers Association (IPA) is delighted to confirm that the ceremony for 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire will take place on 1 December at the 35th Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara. The prize recongizes exemplary courage in upholding the Freedom to Publish and enabling others to exercise their freedom of expression. Nominations close on 20 June 2021.

Lokman Slim

IPA President Bodour Al Qasimi said: „We were saddened to learn of the loss of Lokman Slim, a valued member of the international publishing community. His murder, apparently for exercising his right to freedom of speech, calls for an international investigation into his death. We must ensure that others are not scared into silence.“

Screenshot of the TPA's 2020 Freedom of Thought and Expression Awards

Since 1995, the Turkish Publishers Association (TPA) has worked to promote the freedom to publish both in Turkey and worldwide. As part of this work the TPA presents the annual “Freedom of Thought and Expression Awards” with an author, a publisher and an independent bookstore being recognised every year.

Razia Rahman Jolly stands in front of a mural of her late husband, Faisal Arefin Dipan, at Jagriti Publishing House in Bangladesh

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) awarded Jagriti Publishing House, Bangladesh, the 2020 AAP International Freedom to Publish | Jeri Laber Award. Given annually, the award recognizes a book publisher outside the United States who has demonstrated courage and fortitude in defending freedom of expression. In bestowing this award, AAP has long been guided by the principle that if one of us is denied the right to publish, that threat affects us all.

IPA Frankfurt Book Fair logo composite

Freedom to publish, diversity in the book industry, European Accessibility Act and Global Publishing Industry Report 2020 / With: Prix Voltaire laureate 2020 and speakers from IPA, WIPO, FEP, European Commission and Amnesty International.

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