Mauritania has yet to release writer Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaïtir, convicted of blasphemy, a year after his official release date.
‘It is of vital importance that both industry and governments produce data on publishing,’ IPA’s Michiel Kolman tells Sharjah’s publishing conference.
Sharjah’s work promoting Arab book markets includes its annual rights center at Sharjah International Book Fair, which will host 350 companies this year.
In opening her bid for leadership in the International Publishers Association, the UAE’s Bodour Al Qasimi says publishing ‘shouldn’t be an industry stuck in time in how it treats the majority of its workforce.’
The SDG Book Club will curate a monthly reading list of books for young readers that encourages them to engage with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Turkish book publisher Ragip Zarakolu is the subject of an Interpol red notice. The IPA condemns this tactic as harassment by the Turkish government.
‘Diverse publishing culture of Bangladesh is at risk,’ says the International Publishers Association, condemning the murder of publisher Shahzahan Bachchu.
At the first IPA seminar in Nigeria on regional issues in African publishing, attendees are assured, ‘In a globalized world, almost none of our challenges exists in isolation.’
Nigeria’s first collaborative seminar with the International Publishers Association will focus on issues including a fierce battle African publishers are waging against book piracy.
In a never-before staged seminar event, London Book Fair this year presented a mini-conference on the freedom to publish with the International Publishers Association and featuring the widow of slain publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.