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Graphic featuring the 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire  laureate
  • Laureate to address ceremony at Guadalajara International Book Fair on 30 November.
  • Mexican journalist, Jorge Ramos, to give keynote at Prix Voltaire ceremony
  • Freedom to Publish Seminar to feature Raul Figueroa Sarti, a Guatemalan publisher shortlisted for the Prix Voltaire, and Cervantes prize-winning author Sergio Ramirez.
  • IPA also announces Prix Voltaire Special Award for Chinese writer, Li Liqun, who took his own life in July 2021.

Flyer for 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire Shortlist with focus on Independent Belarusian publishers

Among the 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire shortlisted candidates – which were revealed in October – there was a unique nominee. Instead of a single individual or publishing house, a number of different publishers and publishing houses were highlighted across two separate nominations, with both nominators requesting anonymity for the individual publishers due to the possible risks they face. Inquiries by the IPA and recent developments in Belarus suggest that the publishers would be put at risk by communicating their names. As a result, the shortlist for the 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire includes Independent Belarusian Publishers as an anonymous collective. In this article we look at the situation of publishers in Belarus. 

The 2021 Prix Voltaire shortlist, celebrating publishers who have shown significant courage and integrity in defending the freedom to publish, was revealed in October by the IPA. Among this year’s notable nominees was Mikado Publishing, a Turkish publishing house founded in 2006. In this article we look more closely into their work and their commitment to the Freedom to Publish.

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Partnership
Publishing industry
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Partnership
Book policy
Literacy
Publishing industry
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