A crucial part of IPA's mission is to inform member associations and the wider global publishing community about breaking developments which will impact publishers. We do this through a number of channels. the IPA website, our monthly e-newsletter, press releases and the IPA's dedicated social media feeds.
Hugo Setzer delivers Keynote

The IPA’s 2ndFreedom to Publish Seminar took place at London Book Fair on 12 March 2019. An enthralled audience listened to the latest developments in the case of Gui Minhai and of the courage of publishers in ensuring readers have a reliable place to go for the truth.

Jacks Thomas, Director of the London Book Fair opened the seminar by recalling how those in the West must not take for granted the freedoms they have. IPA President, Hugo Setzer, delivered his keynote, underlining the terrible price that some pay for publishing the truth. Sometimes they pay by being silenced. Sometimes they pay with their lives.

He went on to underline the responsibility that publishers have borne for centuries in ensuring the reliability of what they publish. He contrasted this with the modern-day Big Tech platforms whose business models are built on not being responsible for any of their content.

With the opening speeches concluded, the Chair of IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee, Kristenn Einarsson, stood in for Angela Gui (daughter of the 2018 Prix Voltaire laureate, Gui Minhai), who was unable to attend. Mr Einarsson updated the audience on the Gui Minhai case, the revelations of Angela Gui’s meeting with Chinese businessmen in Stockholm in February, and on the IPA’s work on the Freedom to Publish in general.

Claire Armitstead, Culture Editor at The Guardian, then moderated a discussion between Jodie Ginsberg of Index on Censorship , Nicky Stubbs from NB Publishers in South Africa, and Nick Tyrone from Radix about how challenging it is to get the truth out. 

Nicky Stubbs presented an excellent case study in what publishers actually do to get a book into the hands of readers by speaking about Jacques Pauw’s The President’s Keepers. Now an award-winning bestseller, the editing of and launch preparations for the book had to be conducted in utmost secrecy, with lawyers spending months going through the text to ensure there were no slips that could leave an opening for an injunction against its publication. Bookshops trusted the publisher to leave shelf space open knowing almost nothing about the book, not even its author. The South African revenue and security services tried to threaten the author and publisher into silence. Confident their text was watertight, the publisher stood firm. The book flew off the shelves and the beginning of the end of the Zuma regime had begun.

Jodie Ginsberg applauded the work of NB Publishers and noted that the publishing and press industries need to do more to show readers why they are reliable. They need to show how they verify their information and so clearly differentiate themselves from sites that look official on the surface but do not have the same high standards.

Submit to FacebookSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

Blog

James Taylor
19 November 2020
Copyright
Publishing industry
Day 3 of the hybrid SCCR 40 saw the Exceptions and Limitations discussions take centre stage. Given the decision of Member States to limit interactions at this meeting to stock-taking, the main focus was on the 130-page report issued by WIP...
James Taylor
19 November 2020
Copyright
Publishing industry
This first meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of 2020 is an almost 100% virtual affair, save for a handful of people in the plenary chamber in Geneva, with a dramatically reduced programme of a couple of hou...
James Taylor
25 September 2020
Partnership
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

As a bonus to our series of posts for Global Goals week, we thought we would concentrate on a specific goal, namely SDG 5: Gender Equality.  

James Taylor
25 September 2020
Book policy
Literacy
Publishing industry
Accessibility
Educational Publishing
Diversity and Inclusion

Francyne Harrigan, the Director of the UN's Information Centre in Jakarta talks to us about how she brought the UN SDG Book Club initiative to Indonesia with a local twist.

James Taylor
23 September 2020
Partnership
Book policy
Literacy
Publishing industry
Accessibility
Educational Publishing
Diversity and Inclusion

As part of Global Goals Week, associations from the Brazilian and Portuguese book sectors came together to announce a new SDG Book Club that will launch in 2021.

James Taylor
22 September 2020
Literacy
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing
Diversity and Inclusion

An Interview with Ellen Sporstøl and Kristin Orjasater on how Norway is inspiring the next generation of readers to become more sustainable. 

Michiel Kolman
21 September 2020
Literacy
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing
Diversity and Inclusion
This week is Global Goals Week, an annual week of action, awareness, and accountability for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2020, there is a sense of urgency. We have 10 years to achieve the ambitious target...

Press Releases campaign 2020

 

Press Releases campaign 2019

 

Press Releases campaign 2018

 

Newsletters campaigns 2020

 

Newsletters campaigns 2019

 

Newsletters campaigns 2018

 

International Publishers Association

23, avenue de France
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 704 18 20
info@internationalpublishers.org

Subscribe to our newsletter