We award the annual IPA Prix Voltaire, which honours the courage of publishers who defy their would-be silencers and enable writers to exercise their freedom of expression.

*They can be found in numerous international conventions including Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 11 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Article 13 of American Convention on Human Rights, Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Article 32 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights.

We lead or support international engagements and conferences to raise the visibility of freedom to publish and foster continuous international conversation about this underrepresented area of freedom of expression advocacy. We coordinate our lobbying efforts with an extensive network of nongovernmental organizations.

We support our members through legal advice and direct lobbying when laws that threaten freedom to publish are proposed. We do this in concert with an extensive network of international non-governmental organizations.

We raise the alarm when publishers and writers are in danger and we support them when they face wrongful prosecution. We liaise with global fora, such as relevant United Nations agencies, to ensure the collective voice of publishers resonates in the freedom of expression arena.

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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