IPA initiates or takes part in fact-finding missions, e.g. in the Tunisia Monitoring Group, or the framework of the UPR Project (Armenia, Kenya, etc.), and in trial observation missions, e.g. at the trials of Ragip Zarakolu and Orhan Pamuk in Turkey.

IPA actively supports or initiates international events focusing on freedom of expression and freedom to publish [e.g.: Freedom of expression in focus at the 2006 Göteborg Book Fair; the International Symposium on Neo-Censorship (Threats to the Open Book), Amsterdam, 18-20 September 2008; the Global Forum on Freedom of Expression, Oslo, 1-6 June 2009; a UN-side event on Freedom of Expression and Defamation of Religions on 16 September 2010; the 7th Gathering for Freedom of Expression, Istanbul, 9-10 October 2010; etc.].

IPA has developed an extensive network of internationally active non-governmental organisations (NGOs). In the area of Freedom to Publish, excellent working relationships have developed with other organisations active in the protection of freedom of speech, including NGOs (International PEN, its Writers In Prison Committee, the World Association of Newspapers etc), and intergovernmental organisations (among others the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the European Union). IPA joined the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) in June 2004. IPA is on the Steering Groups of the Tunisia Monitoring Group (TMG) and of the Universal Periodical Review (UPR) Project.

IPA awards the IPA Freedom to Publish Prize for exemplary courage in upholding freedom of expression and freedom to publish. For more, see IPA Freedom to Publish Prize.

IPA assists its national member organisations when national laws that affect freedom to publish, are reviewed or amended. IPA provides legal advice or participates in the lobbying of national governments or regional associations in cooperation with the relevant member organisation.

IPA promotes and monitors the ratification and enforcement of the UNESCO Florence Agreement on the Importation of Educational, scientific and cultural materials and its additional Protocol.

Prix Voltaire Prizes

Prix Voltaire 2020

Liberal Publishing House (Vietnam)
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Prix Voltaire - 2019

Khaled Lotfy (Egypt)
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Prix Voltaire – 2018

Gui Minhai (Sweden/Hong Kong)
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Prix Voltaire – 2017

Jointly awarded to Turkish publishers Turhan Günay and Evrensel
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Prix Voltaire – 2016

Raif Badawi (Saudi Arabia)
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Prix Voltaire – 2014

Ihar Lohvinau (Belarus)
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Prix Voltaire – 2012

 “Zapiro” (South Africa)
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Prix Voltaire – 2010

I. Shovkhalov & V. Kogan-Yasni of DOSH (Chechnya-Russia)
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Prix Voltaire – 2009

S Bensedrine, N. Rijba, M. Talbi, Founders of OLPEC (Tunisia)
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Prix Voltaire – 2008

Ragip Zarakolu (Turkey)
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2007 IPA FTP Prize Special Award

Anna Politkovskaya and Hrant Dink
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Prix Voltaire – 2007

Trevor Ncube (Zimbabwe)
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Prix Voltaire – 2006

Shalah Lahiji (Iran)
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