IPA Congress Resolutions Highlight Industry Challenges
On 14 June 2012 the 29th Congress of the International Publishers Association (IPA) ended with a celebration of freedom of expression by the 2012 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize winner Jonathan Shapiro. Congress resolutions, the traditional formal summary demands, concluded the event.
The resolutions focus on key issues for publishers: Copyright, freedom to publish, e-books and industry issues such as VAT. A new emphasis was put on publishing in indigenous languages, publishers as enablers of social change, the threat of state publishing, the need to avoid monopolies, or dominant positions in digital distribution, the call on public figures to accept a higher level of criticism than the ordinary citizens, and to reject the abuse of broad definitions of terms such as state security, state secrecy or terrorism as dangerous inroads for censorship.
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