In recognition of the increasing efforts to restrict books, those who write them, publish them or make them available to readers, five organisations representing authors, publishers, booksellers and libraries worldwide have issued a joint international statement, calling for the freedom of expression, and the freedoms to publish and read to be respected.

The international organisations launching this statement are:

  • International Authors Forum (IAF)
  • PEN International
  • International Publishers Association (IPA)
  • European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF)
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

The statement, launched under the framework of the London Book Fair, underlines the essential and interconnected nature of the freedom of expression and the freedoms to read, and publish, and urges governments and citizens to ensure these freedoms are respected in law and in practice.

EIBF Co-President, Jean-Luc Treutenaere, said “We’re proud to be co-signing this important and timely statement on behalf of the international bookselling sector, and standing alongside authors, publishers and libraries. At a time when censorship is on the rise, the book sector must stand firm and united in its mission to provide access to all kinds of books for the ultimate benefit of readers”.

Individual authors, publishers, booksellers and librarians are encouraged to sign the statement, which will be presented at a number of international book sector events throughout the year.

You can find the full statement attached.

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