The 2020 shortlist for the IPA’s Prix Voltaire honors small publishers in Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, and Vietnam, each facing state disapproval.
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.
The IPA’s Prix Voltaire awards valor amid challenges to the freedom to publish. Its 2020 winner will be named at the IPA congress in Norway.
This year’s London Book Fair coincides with the arrival of the International Publishers Association’s new president and vice-president, leading ‘a conversation of public debate’ about publishers’ role amid ‘sensitive socio-cultural issues.’
The International Publishers Association and London Book Fair hold a second Freedom To Publish seminar on March 12, with Vanderbilt’s Daniel Gervais speaking that afternoon on copyright in the Charles Clark Memorial Lecture.
Amid strong programming on the freedom to publish and copyright concerns, the 32nd IPA congress in India mirrored world industry shortcomings in diversity challenges—and will go to Norway in 2020.
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.
Ahead of the 32nd International Publishers Association Congress in India, we look at the big issues speakers will address, including geo-political issues affecting publishing.
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.