We award the annual IPA Prix Voltaire, which honours the courage of publishers who defy their would-be silencers and enable writers to exercise their freedom of expression.

*They can be found in numerous international conventions including Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 11 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Article 13 of American Convention on Human Rights, Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Article 32 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights.

We lead or support international engagements and conferences to raise the visibility of freedom to publish and foster continuous international conversation about this underrepresented area of freedom of expression advocacy. We coordinate our lobbying efforts with an extensive network of nongovernmental organizations.

We raise the alarm when publishers and writers are in danger and we support them when they face wrongful prosecution. We liaise with global fora, such as relevant United Nations agencies, to ensure the collective voice of publishers resonates in the freedom of expression arena.

IPA initiates or takes part in fact-finding missions, e.g. in the Tunisia Monitoring Group, or the framework of the UPR Project (Armenia, Kenya, etc.), and in trial observation missions, e.g. at the trials of Ragip Zarakolu and Orhan Pamuk in Turkey.

IPA actively supports or initiates international events focusing on freedom of expression and freedom to publish [e.g.: Freedom of expression in focus at the 2006 Göteborg Book Fair; the International Symposium on Neo-Censorship (Threats to the Open Book), Amsterdam, 18-20 September 2008; the Global Forum on Freedom of Expression, Oslo, 1-6 June 2009; a UN-side event on Freedom of Expression and Defamation of Religions on 16 September 2010; the 7th Gathering for Freedom of Expression, Istanbul, 9-10 October 2010; etc.].

IPA awards the IPA Freedom to Publish Prize for exemplary courage in upholding freedom of expression and freedom to publish. For more, see IPA Freedom to Publish Prize.

IPA has developed an extensive network of internationally active non-governmental organisations (NGOs). In the area of Freedom to Publish, excellent working relationships have developed with other organisations active in the protection of freedom of speech, including NGOs (International PEN, its Writers In Prison Committee, the World Association of Newspapers etc), and intergovernmental organisations (among others the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the European Union). IPA joined the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) in June 2004. IPA is on the Steering Groups of the Tunisia Monitoring Group (TMG) and of the Universal Periodical Review (UPR) Project.

IPA assists its national member organisations when national laws that affect freedom to publish, are reviewed or amended. IPA provides legal advice or participates in the lobbying of national governments or regional associations in cooperation with the relevant member organisation.

IPA promotes and monitors the ratification and enforcement of the UNESCO Florence Agreement on the Importation of Educational, scientific and cultural materials and its additional Protocol.

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