The IPA Prix Voltaire 2017 to be presented at Göteborg Book Fair

The 2017 presentation of the IPA Prix Voltaire will return to the Göteborg Book Fair, Sweden, 11 years after the first ‘IPA Freedom Prize’ was awarded to Iranian publisher Shalah Lahiji, in September 2006.

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Free Words Alliance meets in Paris to consider advocacy agenda

A group of leading civil society and freedom of expression advocates – the IPA among them – held its second gathering Sunday (26 March) to discuss ways that NGOs and other civil society actors can pool ideas and efforts to bring positive change where it is needed.

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International Alliance of Independent Publishers launches global freedom to publish study

The International Alliance of Independent Publishers (IAIP) has launched a first-of-its-kind study into worldwide threats to freedom to publish and the ways publishers respond to them. The IPA spoke to Laurence Hugues, Director of the Paris-based IAIP, about the objectives and scope of the yearlong study, which seeks to be as globally representative as possible.

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#FreeWordsTurkey petition with 111,047 signatures presented to Germany’s federal government

Berlin – The German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.), the PEN Centre Germany (PEN-Zentrum Deutschland) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporter ohne Grenzen e.V.) emphatically called on the German Government today to express its uncompromising commitment to freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Turkey.

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Spare a thought for Turkey’s jailed writers this holiday season

As much of the Western world basks in heart-warming reverie of festive cheer, good food and the company of loved ones, hundreds of writers and intellectuals will be languishing in Turkish jails on spurious charges with no sense of what fate awaits them.

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Independent Hong Kong publishing still reeling after bookseller kidnappings

Publishers driving Hong Kong’s once booming independent book business are living with the twin threats of financial ruin and arrest by Chinese Mainland police in the wake of the Causeway Bay bookseller kidnappings in 2015, the IPA learned during a visit to the city this month.

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