Flyer for 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire Shortlist with focus on Raul Figueroa Sarti

Of the 5 candidates who were shortlisted for the 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire, Raúl Figeroa Sarti stood out as the only Latin American. The prize, which is held annually, celebrates publishers (individuals, collectives or organizations) who have demonstrated courage and integrity in defending the freedom to publish in the face of threats, danger, intimidation, and harassment.

Graphic featuring the 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire  laureate
  • Laureate to address ceremony at Guadalajara International Book Fair on 30 November.
  • Mexican journalist, Jorge Ramos, to give keynote at Prix Voltaire ceremony
  • Freedom to Publish Seminar to feature Raul Figueroa Sarti, a Guatemalan publisher shortlisted for the Prix Voltaire, and Cervantes prize-winning author Sergio Ramirez.
  • IPA also announces Prix Voltaire Special Award for Chinese writer, Li Liqun, who took his own life in July 2021.

Flyer for 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire Shortlist with focus on Independent Belarusian publishers

Among the 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire shortlisted candidates – which were revealed in October – there was a unique nominee. Instead of a single individual or publishing house, a number of different publishers and publishing houses were highlighted across two separate nominations, with both nominators requesting anonymity for the individual publishers due to the possible risks they face. Inquiries by the IPA and recent developments in Belarus suggest that the publishers would be put at risk by communicating their names. As a result, the shortlist for the 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire includes Independent Belarusian Publishers as an anonymous collective. In this article we look at the situation of publishers in Belarus. 

The 2021 Prix Voltaire shortlist, celebrating publishers who have shown significant courage and integrity in defending the freedom to publish, was revealed in October by the IPA. Among this year’s notable nominees was Mikado Publishing, a Turkish publishing house founded in 2006. In this article we look more closely into their work and their commitment to the Freedom to Publish.

Pham Doan Trang

Ahead of her upcoming trial on 4 November, the undersigned 28 human rights and freedom of expression organizations today condemn the ongoing arbitrary detention of independent journalist and woman human rights defender Pham Doan Trang. We call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release and drop all charges against her. The persecution of Doan Trang and other human rights defenders, including independent writers and journalists, is part of the worsening assault on the rights to freedom of expression and information in Vietnam.

Gif showing the shortlisted publishers for the 2021 IPA Prix Voltaire

The International Publishers Association (IPA) announces the five-strong shortlist for the 2020 IPA Prix Voltaire, an award that recognizes exemplary courage in upholding the freedom to publish and in providing a platform, through print or digital media, for others to exercise their right to freedom of expression. 

At its second consecutive virtual General Assembly the world’s largest federation of publishers’ associations welcomed 3 new members, refreshed the composition of two Committees and was addressed by the new President of PEN International.

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