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Khaled Lutfi awarded with the IPA Prix Voltaire 2019

Khaled Lutfi, imprisoned Egyptian bookseller and publisher, was announced last week as being the recipient of the International Publishers Association (IPA) 2019 Prix Voltaire, which supports defenders of freedom to publish.

EIBF wishes to join the IPA in its support for Khaled Lutfi and its call on President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to grant Khaled Lutfi a presidential pardon.

EIBF firmly supports freedom of expression, as this is the backbone of the publishing and bookselling industries.

Read the full IPA press release here

More on Khaled Lutfi

On February 4th, according to reports, Khalid Lutfi, founder of Cairo’s Tanmia Bookshop and Publishing, was sentenced to five years on charges of divulging military secrets and spreading rumours for having distributed an Arabic translation of the book The Angel: The Egyptian Spy who Saved Israel by Uri Bar-Joseph. The case started when Lutfi signed an agreement with Arab Scientific Publishers to publish an Egyptian edition of the book.

Tanmia Bookshop opened in 2011 and later spawned a highly respected publishing house. The publishing house ran Arabic translations of a number of acclaimed authors: in 2016 Lutfi told Ursula Lindsey of The Arabist that two of his most popular titles were by George Orwell and Stephen Hawking. Tanmia also published original works in Arabic, including a children’s book version of Mahmoud Darwish’s poem ‘Think of Others’, which won an Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature.

EIBF NEWSFLASH 160 – 7 MARCH 2019

  • EIBF LONDON CONFERENCE – PROGRAMME
  • HOW TO GET TO THE CONFERENCE ROOM
  • EIBF AGM – 13th MARCH – PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
  • EIBF DINNER – 13th MARCH
  • LONDON BOOK FAIR TICKETS  FOR MEMBERS – LAST TICKETS 
  • ISSUES WITH EIBF WEBSITE 
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Creative and innovative solutions by bookshops and booksellers associations – EIBF Conference, 09.30-12.30, Thursday 11.10.18

Frankfurt Book Fair, Tulip Lounge, Hall 5.1

For the third year in a row, the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) invites you to meet with key stakeholders in the bookselling industry. Shortened this year to a half-day event, the EIBF conference aims at sharing innovative experiences and examples of best practices which one can bring home and apply in one’s own country/shop. Bookseller or trade association? Do not wait to join this very unique conference, where you will have an exclusive opportunity to discuss business trends and developments.

Attendance is free, however upon registration only

Download the provisional programme here

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EIBF NEWSFLASH 154 – 19 SEPTEMBER 2018

  • EIBF CONFERENCE – FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR
  • GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER AT 13.30 PM (UNTIL 2.15 PM APPROXIMATELY)​, TULIP LOUNGE, HALL 5.1
  • EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTED REPORT AN COPYRIGHT- TRILOGUE TO GO AHEAD              Read more

EIBF NEWSFLASH 152 – 23 AUGUST 2018

  • FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR : ASK FOR TICKETS BY 07/09/2018 AT THE LATEST
  • MEMBERS’ DINNER ON  WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER, 7 PM
  • GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER AT 13.30 PM (UNTIL 2.15 PM APPROXIMATELY)​
  • EIBF CONFERENCE – 11th OCTOBER, TULIP LOUNGE, HALL 5.19.30 AM TO 12.30 PM
  • GEO-BLOCKING IMPACT STUDY: COMMISSION LAUNCHES AN OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS
  • LOWER VAT FOR E-PUBLICATION: POSSIBLE AGREEMENT TO BE REACHED AT THE NEXT COUNCIL OF EU FINANCE MINISTERS
  • DIGITAL CONTRACTS: RISKS FOR THE FILE TO NO BE FINALISED BEFORE THE END OF THIS LEGISLATION
  • HELLE BUSCK FENSVIG APPOINTED NEW PRESIDENT OF THE DANISH BA

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