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Following reports in the New York Times and The Guardian on the filtering of LGBTQ+ related search results, affecting books among other products, Kristenn Einarsson, Chair of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee said: A global business like Amazon should not be pressured to introduce this filtering of search results which is essentially censoring books in the UAE. Following the terrible attack in my own country, it is clear that we need books about LGBTQ+ issues to foster understanding, dialogue, tolerance and ultimately progress. I urge the UAE authorities to reconsider this heavy-handed approach.

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The first edition of the World Expression Forum, known as WEXFO, took place in Lillehammer from 30-31 May with a stellar array of speakers, including Prix Nobel laureates Dmitri Muratov and Maria Ressa, dissecting the state of freedom of expression around the world.

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In response to reports that a Yangon-based publishing house has become the third to be shuttered in recent weeks, PEN America and the International Publishers Association (IPA) condemned the closure and expressed concern that the Myanmar military junta is ramping up censorship of literary and creative content, in blatant disregard for free expression and the freedoms to publish and access information.

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On the occasion of the first World Expression Forum, WEXFO, being held in Lillehammer, the International Publishers Association has announced the shortlist for the 2022 IPA Prix Voltaire, celebrating publishers from Afghanistan/Canada, Guatemala, India, Thailand and Ukraine. The award ceremony will be held at the 33rd International Publishers Congress in Jakarta on 12 November.

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The International Publishers Association, the Federation of European Publishers and the European and International Booksellers Federation are extremely concerned by new reports from RadioFreeEurope regarding the detentions on 16 May of Andrey Yanushkevich, and his associate, Nasta Karnatskaya.

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February 3rd, 2022 marked an entire year since the assassination of publisher, Hezbollah critic, and 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire Laureate co-founder Lokman Slim. Despite international condemnation of his senseless murder and calls for justice, it appears that his family is still waiting for accountability. His widow, German filmmaker Monika Borgmann, has said that “the investigation is ongoing, but unfortunately one year after, nobody has been accused and nobody has been arrested”.  

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