Gui Minhai awarded 2018 IPA Prix Voltaire
- missing Hong Kong/Swedish publisher Gui Minhai selected for award that supports defenders of freedom to publish.
- Award to be presented at International Publishers Congress in New Delhi on 12 February
Freedom to Publish Committee Chair, Kristenn Einarsson and Committee member Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi joined a panel discussion at the Fourth Arab Publishers Conference 2018. IPA’s Secretary General, José Borghino was also present and gave a speech on piracy.
In January 2018, two big stories have demonstrated the importance of freedom to publish from two very different perspectives. The first was about a publisher being able to publish despite threats from a country’s highest office. The second saw a publisher deprived again of his freedom because he made books available that didn’t please the ruling regime. This is why the IPA Prix Voltaire is so important – it enables us to shine a light on worldwide challenges to freedom to publish.
On 29 October 2017 a new book appeared on the shelves of bookstores in Johannesburg, South Africa. The President’s Keepers: Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison is a book by a veteran journalist, Jacques Pauw, who made his name exposing the murderous tactics employed by security forces against freedom fighters in South Africa during the apartheid regime.
The International Publishers Association calls on the South African State Security Agency (SSA) and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to stop their attempts to withdraw from circulation and censor Jacques Pauw’s book The President’s Keepers.
Turkey’s abysmal freedom of expression record was the focus of the IPA Freedom to Publish Committee open meeting on Wednesday, 11 October, as representatives of the 2017 co-winners of the prestigious IPA Prix Voltaire spoke about how important the prize was for them. (See our previous story about the winners.)
The International Publishers Association (IPA) has appointed James Taylor to be its next Director, Communications and Freedom to Publish, a pivotal role in the IPA’s promotion of copyright and freedom to publish – the drivers of the organization’s dual mandates as a global trade association and human rights defender.