Participants at MABOPA Freedom to Publish seminar

On 27 August, IPA Secretary General, José Borghino, was invited to headline the inaugural event in a seminar series on the subject of Freedom to Publish for the IPA’s Malaysian member, the Malaysian Book Publishers Association (MABOPA).

Maître Emmanuel Pierrat

IPA interviewed Emmanuel Pierrat, a French lawyer specialising in freedom of expression and President of the French PEN Club about his book Codification of Freedom of Expression (Code de la liberté d’expression, Anne Rideau Editions), released in France in April 2018. We talked to him about the book and the links between well-intentioned laws and restrictions on freedom of expression.

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IPA laments the murder of Shahzahan Bachchu, and the continued insecurity faced by Bangladeshi authors and publishers. We send his family and friends our sincere condolences. The international publishing community implores the Bangladeshi authorities to fully investigate this murder and work to reassure publishers that they can work in safety.

Voltaire lisant. IPA News

Since the founding of the IPA, the freedom to publish has been one of its two core pillars. The other pillar is copyright. These two pillars are symbiotic. What good is copyright if you do not have the freedom to publish the works for which you hold the copyright? Equally, what good is the freedom to publish if you cannot choose how those publications are made available and make a living from that work?

11th Istanbul Gathering Logo

The 11th Istanbul Gathering took place on 26 and 27 May. Unfortunately, the current situation in Turkey made it impossible to bring the invited speakers to Istanbul, but the organisers would not be beaten, and the event took place on-line. 

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