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Following reports in international media (The Guardian, Le Monde) the International Publishers Association is extremely concerned about a new bill which, if adopted will prohibit the ‘promotion of non-traditional sexual relations’. This legislation will undoubtedly seriously diminish the freedom to publish in Russia.

On Monday 17 October, the Swedish Publishers Association marked seven years since Swedish publisher, and 2018 IPA Prix Voltaire laureate, Gui Minhai disappeared from his holiday home in Thailand with a social media campaign for publishers in peril #fansladerförläggare.

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IPA is very concerned about the degradation of the freedom to publish situation in Hong Kong after five speech therapists, turned authors and publishers, were sentenced to 19 months in prison. The five, which published a series of children’s picture books, were found guilty of ‘conspiracy to print, publish, distribute, display and/or reproduce seditious publications’ by a Hong Kong District Court according to reports in the Guardian, New York Times and CNN.

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