Chinese author Mo Yan, this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, has risen to the defense of government censorship in China, enraging many.
Historically, writers dealing with censorship found ways to defy authority by creatively embedding transgressive messages in their work.
Visiting China to preview its Market Focus program at next week’s London Book Fair, Roger Tagholm discovered things are not always as they seem from the West.
One of China’s most popular writers, Murong Xuecun began speaking out against the government a year ago after a friend was arrested, at risk of his own freedom.
When the state forces writers to operate in a gray area, where things that are tolerated one day are deemed illegal the next, it’s indefensible.
There is simply no better way to bridge a cultural divide than through books, a wide variety translations from around the world
Digital media makes it easier for people to circumvent censorship, but are the corporations that control access to the internet willing to play along?
By Edward Nawotka For obvious reasons, if you want customer service this week from Kotobarabia, Egypt’s predominant e-book store, you’re out of luck. The lifting of censorship will bring a flood of new books, but it’s up to Arab and Western publishers to ensure there’s a pluralism of views. Ramy Habeeb, founder and CEO of Kotobarabia, who spoke to us from …
By Edward Nawotka Now that Egypt is close to eliminating censorship and opening its citizenry to a plentitude of political and religious views, the question arises of whether or not it is appropriate to have books with the most extreme views on sale in bookshops. In today’s lead story, Ramy Habeeb argues against censorship, saying that all points-of-view should be …
By Chris Gruppetta If someone were to ask me for advice on whether to become a publisher in Malta, I’d say don’t. And not just because I’d have yet another competitor. The very fact of survival has become a skill in itself. Let’s get the basics out of the way: Malta is a tiny country, well under half a million …