Characterizing Gui Minhai’s treatment by Beijing as ‘meant to scare others into silence,’ the IPA demands new action on the jailed publisher’s behalf.
Citing ‘an optimism that in the face of unimaginable cruelty still believes in change,’ UK-based Angela Gui accepts for her father, Gui Minhai, the International Publishers Association’s Prix Voltaire for courage in the face of attempts to suppress the freedom to publish.
In a turn of events reported by world news media, the Chinese detainee Gui Minhai, a publisher, has said in a videotaped ‘briefing’—which critics say is forced—that he does not want the Prix Voltaire. His daughter denies this is true.
Less than two weeks after his reported re-detention in China, Gui Minhai is named to receive the IPA’s prize for proponents of the freedom to publish. Gui’s whereabouts remain unknown.
With few details available, the international diplomatic and publishing communities are demanding information on the reported seizure by authorities in China on Saturday of Swedish publisher Gui Minhai.
The book industry’s lead honor for freedom to publish, the Prix Voltaire will be presented this year in Jakarta at the IPA’s 33rd World Publishing Congress.
The IPA Prix Voltaire, honoring freedom to publish, is 16 years old and has honored 13 recipients. Now it needs world publishing to support it.
The 35th Guadalajara International Book Fair will be the venue for the freedom to publish announcement made by the IPA.
International citizens are signing the new Charter for the Freedom of Expression created by the German publishers’ association.
The Prix Voltaire opens not only a call for nominations but also for contributions, as uncertainty hangs over last year’s winning company.