The 31st International Publishers Congress has announced that Arnaud Nourry and Alaa Al Aswany will be keynote speakers at the 31st Congress in London in April 2016.

The Congress, which runs from 9-12 April 2016, will take place in London for the second time. It is organised by the International Publishers Association in partnership with the UK Publishers Association and The London Book Fair. The conference promises debate, analysis and networking at the most senior level across a comprehensive programme curated to address the key policy and practical issues of the day.

New members and a reinvigorated Executive Committee give the IPA a rare impetus going into 2016.
The IPA General Assembly at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 15 October accepted new members from the following countries: Bangladesh, China, Greece, Jordan and Peru. It also voted to give Full Member status to the associations from the following countries: Saudi Arabia, Slovenia and Tunisia.

'Freedom to Publish and copyright are the twin pillars upon which the IPA stands. Our Freedom to Publish Prize is unique in being the only international award that honours the exemplary courage shown by publishers who dare to publish controversial books in the face intimidation, harassment or worse,' said IPA President, Richard Charkin.

Image by Keizer - an Egyptian street artist

Newly appointed Secretary General of the International Publishers Association, José Borghino, committed the IPA to continue to ‘work closely and constructively with the World Intellectual Property Organisation and its Member States to find suitable and practical solutions to the issues on its agenda.’

The International Publishers Association (IPA) endorses a new book about the importance of copyright in a world where the Pirate Party and rich Internet giants seek to undermine and bypass it.

The International Publishers Association (IPA) is concerned at recent reports of politically motivated violence in different parts of Turkey. Newspaper offices in Istanbul have been vandalised and a bookshop in Kırşehir burnt to the ground, while journalists and booksellers were threatened and injured.

The IPA appointed José Borghino as new Secretary General. Mr Borghino’s responsibilities will include supporting IPA members, nationally and in international forums, whenever copyright or the freedom to publish are threatened. He will advise IPA members on national policy issues. And he will manage relationships with key international organisations, such as WIPO, UNESCO, WTO and OECD, as well as leading NGOs such as IFLA, PEN, IAF, STM, IPACC, IFRRO and other international rightsholder organisations.

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