Khaled Lotfy

As Cairo International Book Fair starts today, one Egyptian Bookseller and Publishing House will not be attending. While Khaled Lotfy, co-founder of the Tanmia Bookshop and founder of Tanmia Publishing House, sits in jail serving his five-year sentence, his publishing house has also been excluded from the Fair by the organisers, citing security concerns. 

Khaled Lotfy

On 24 December 2019, the Egyptian Military Court of Cassation, following 11 postponements, finally rejected Egyptian publisher Khaled Lotfy’s final possible appeal against his 5-year prison sentence for publishing an Egyptian edition of Uri Bar Joseph’s The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel. Only a Presidential pardon can now free Khaled Lotfy from prison.

Grantees for the Africa Publishing Innovation Fund on stage in Sharjah

Five innovative African projects have each won a $20,000 grant, while a library restoration initiative is to receive $50,000,and $20,000 will be allocated to Rural library restoration from the Africa Publishing Innovation Fund created by the International Publishers Association and development organization Dubai Cares for activities to promote literacy, book access, indigenous languages, and library restoration in Africa. 

Bodour Al Qasimi delivers her Keynote on day 2

Fathi Al Biss, President of the Union of Jordanian Publishers and Hugo Setzer, President of the International Publishers Association brought the curtain down after two days of intense and productive discussions covering everything from how Arab publishers can seize the opportunities of digital tools for distribution and education to how publishers can play their role in the humanitarian crises in the region and beyond.

IPA Amman Regional seminar composite

The International Publishers Association (IPA), in collaboration with the Union of Jordanian Publishers (UJP), has announced that its upcoming regional conference will be held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah in Amman, Jordan on the 30th of September and the 1st of October, and will feature a number of renowned speakers from the industry.

Africa in Action Participants

40 African publishers’ associations gathered ahead of a two-day seminar in Nairobi as International Publishers Association signed Memoranda of Understanding with the African Publishers Network and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa to formalise the IPA’s commitment to the region.

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