This session aims to address the escalating risks to freedom of expression, the freedom to publish, and the freedom to read around the world. These threats have far-reaching implications across the book sector, impacting authors, publishers, booksellers, libraries, and readers alike.


Moderated by Claire Armitstead from The Guardian, the panel will feature esteemed speakers who will shed light on the diverse pressures faced globally and explore strategies for collective action to combat external censorship and self-censorship within the international book industry.

The lineup of speakers includes:

  • Tanja Tuma, representing PEN International from Slovenia
  • Nick Poole, former CEO of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, UK
  • Aziz Isa Elkun, Editor, poet, and Researcher at SOAS, University of London
  • Laura McCormack, representing the Booksellers Association UK


With such a distinguished panel, attendees can expect insightful discussions and valuable perspectives on safeguarding fundamental freedoms within the publishing ecosystem. The session promises to be a vital platform for collaboration and solidarity in upholding the principles of freedom of expression, publishing, and reading worldwide.



*by invitation only

Monday, 11 March 2024:

  • 14:00 – 17:00: IPA Executive Committee Meeting*
  • 19:30 – 22:00: IPA Executive Committee Dinner *

Tuesday, 12 March 2024:

Wednesday, 13 March 2024:

Thursday, 14 March 2024:

Friday, 15 March 2024:

  • 9:00 – 15:00: IPA Educational Publishers Forum*

From discussions on achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to exploring the intersection of copyright and artificial intelligence, the IPA’s participation promises to be insightful and forward-looking.