In September 2008, the 2008 IPA Freedom Prize will be presented by Ana Maria Cabanellas, President of the International Publishers’ Association (IPA), at the international symposium on (self-) censorship that is being held in the Dutch capital as part of Amsterdam World Book Capital 2008. This was announced at the presentation of the 2007 IPA Freedom Prize to the Zimbabwean publisher Trevor Ncube at the opening ceremony of the second International Cape Town Book Fair, which runs from 16 to 19 June.
IPA Freedom Prize
Created in 2005, this prize is awarded for exemplary courage in upholding freedom of expression and freedom to publish. Usually presented annually, it is intended to honour a person, organisation or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defence and/or promotion of freedom to publish anywhere in the world. The prize-winner receives the sum of CHF5,000 (approximately €3,000 or USD 4,000).
The International Publishers’ Association (IPA) is the global non-governmental organisation representing all aspects of book and journal publishing worldwide. It currently has 65 member associations in 53 countries.
Amsterdam World Book Capital: 23 April 2008 – 22 April 2009
UNESCO’s conferring of the title of World Book Capital presents the City of Amsterdam with the unique opportunity to re-assert its international reputation as a place of sanctuary for the written word and a city of books and publishing.
Adopting the ‘Open Book’ as its guiding theme, Amsterdam World Book Capital wants to inspire and fully engage in dialogue about the freedom of speech. This theme dovetails with Amsterdam’s profile as a city of publishing, making a connection between books and today’s socio-political climate in the Netherlands and abroad, as well as providing a platform for a deepening of understanding in such specific areas such as copyright, self-censorship and the digital age.