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IPA launches call for nominations for 2019 IPA Prix Voltaire

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The Geneva-based International Publishers Association (IPA) today launches its call for nominations for the 2019 IPA Prix Voltaire for exemplary courage in upholding the Freedom to Publish and enabling others to exercise their freedom of expression.

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Statement on South Africa's Copyright Amendment Bill, 2017

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When South Africa announced its intention to review and modernize its copyright law, the original purpose was to benefit South African performers and authors who were not receiving fair remuneration for their own intellectual property creations.

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Mauritania: Blogger still detained one year after court decision quashing his death sentence

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- Although authorities should have released him in November 2017, Mohamed Mkhaïtir is still being detained in an undisclosed location
- His physical and mental health are deteriorating as a result of his prolonged detention
- 32 human rights organizations are campaigning for his release and protection

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Setzer and Al Qasimi become IPA President and Vice President Elect

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Hugo Setzer and Bodour Al Qasimi were confirmed today as the future President and Vice President of the International Publishers Association at the organisation’s General Assembly in Frankfurt. The pair will take up their new positions on 1st January 2019.

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Europe aligns VAT between eBooks and physical books; ratifies Marrakesh

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The International Publishers Association welcomes the news that the EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council has unanimously agreed to allow Member States to apply reduced VAT rates to eBooks, bringing them into alignment with physical books, which in most cases carried a lower rate.

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UN and IPA Launch Sustainable Development Goals Book Club

To amplify the publishing industry’s support for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the International Publishers Association announced today a new collaboration with the United Nations (UN) to promote the SDGs through a Book Club for children linked to all seventeen of the Goals. 

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