IPA Freedom to Publish Chair on China

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

On Wednesday at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Norwegian publisher Bjorn Smith-Simonsen, in his capacity as chair of the International Publishers Association’s Freedom to Publish Committee, suggested that one of the first potential steps toward resolving the issue of censorship in China was to encourage the Publishers Association of China [PAC] to join the IPA: “They [PAC] could eventually become a member of IPA one day provided a few conditions are fulfilled: for example that cultural studios could become members of PAC. And provided IPA membership criteria are fulfilled — free enterprise and a democratic association structure,” he said.

Watch our video interview with Smith-Simonsen for further discussion of the issue.


[This report corrects the story “Dissidents Have Their Day” from the October 15th issue of Publishing Perspectives Frankfurt Edition, which stated it was China’s General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) that might be able join the IPA. We regret the error].

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Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.