Tbilisi, UNESCO’s World Book Capital, has mounted a show themed on Georgia’s censorious past–and the present dangers of self-censorship.
‘Changing the world is hard and the highest ideals may have unintended consequences,’ writes Richard Charkin in his column of queries.
‘As we become ever more interdependent,’ Richard Charkin writes, the IPA is uniquely positioned to ‘protect, support, and nurture’ publishing.
Hugo Setzer’s Manual Moderno publishes some 40 new titles per year and has an active catalogue of around 400 books in Mexico, a market in which, he says, censorship “is coming very close.”
From the director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse to the founder of a Thai publishing house and a Norwegian publisher who was shot in Oslo: sharp cautionary remarks about self-censorship and its dangers.
Censorship concerns many in the worldwide book publishing industry today. The Arab Publishers Association conference this month addressed the issue specifically in the Arab world.
PEN America has issued a report whose title says it all — Chilling Effects: NSA Surveillance Drives U.S. Writers to Self-Censor. But isn’t it within writers to fight back?