Winner of International Human Rights Award Dedicates to Haleh Sahabi

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox VIENNA–Last night, Houshang Asadi, Iranian journalist and author of the critcally-acclaimed memoir, Letters to My Torturer, was awarded the 2011 International Human Rights Award in a ceremony in Vienna’s Town Hall. The international award, part of an annual Book Gala Night on which Austria celebrates and honors the most acclaimed and popular books of the year, was created by the …

German Buch News: Praise for Google Settlement Delay; Frankfurt as a Refuge

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Börsenverein (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) and VG Wort held a press conference yesterday in Frankfurt to discuss the implications of the postponement of a Google Settlement “fairness hearing” originally scheduled for October. The Boersenblatt reports that Alexander Skipis, chief executive of the Boersenverein, was delighted about the rejection of the Settlement in its current state …

Bonus Material: Publisher Confirms ID of Neda’s Alleged Killer

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It has been nearly six weeks since doctor and publisher Arash Hejazi tried to save the life of Neda Agha Soltan after she was shot during protests in Tehran on June 20. Since then the Iranian Police have been seeking Hejazi for questioning, even claiming that Interpol was involved (something Interpol denies). Despite being forced into exile …