The 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire Ceremony and a special Freedom to Publish seminar will take place during the Guadalajara International Book Fair.

2021 International Publishers Association Prix Voltaire Ceremony, 20:00, Tuesday 30 November

Auditorio Juan Rulfo, planta baja, Expo Guadalajara

The 2021 International Publishers Association Prix Voltaire Ceremony will celebrate courageous publishers from around the world who have risked their lives and freedom to fight for the freedom to publish. The ceremony will conclude with the presentation of the IPA Prix Voltaire to this year’s laureate.


  • Jorge Ramos, journalist and news anchor, Univision
  • Karine Pansa, Vice President, IPA
  • Rasha Al Ameer, co-founder, Dar al Jadeed publishing house, Lebanon


Freedom to Publish Seminar, 12:00 – 13:30, Tuesday 30 November


The different shades of censorship: from government pressure to libel threats and self-censorship

Seminar Hall 4, planta baja, Expo Guadalajara

International and regional experts will look at the evolving challenges to freedom of expression and the freedom to publish. They will discuss how different types of pressure, whether directly from governments, through expensive defamation and libel cases or through social media can silence authors and lead anyone in the book sector to self-censor.


Moderator: Mayra González, literary director (Alfaguara, Lumen, Reservoir Books, Salamandra and Taurus imprints), Penguin Random House México



  • Jerónimo Pimentel, Director General, Penguin Random House Peru
  • Sergio Ramirez, author, Nicaragua
  • Raul Figueroa Sarti, F&G Editores, Guatemala
  • Rasha Al Ameer, co-founder, Dar al Jadeed publishing house, Lebanon
  • Gvantsa Jobava, Member, Freedom to Publish Committee


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