Cairo International Book Fair has excluded Khaled Lotfy's publishing house Tanmia Publishing from the event, citing security concerns following his imprisonment, according to the International Publishers Association (IPA).
On 24th December 2019, the Egyptian Military Court of Cassation rejected Lotfy’s final appeal against his five-year prison sentence for publishing an Arabic language Egyptian edition of Uri Bar Joseph’s The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel.
The IPA says fair organisers excluded Lotfy's firm Tanmia last month and is urging the organiser to change their position and show solidarity with the publisher.
Kristenn Einarsson, chair of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee, said: "It is so disappointing to see that Cairo International Book Fair is unable to show its support for Khaled Lotfy by giving his publishing house a stand at the fair. I repeat my call for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to grant Khaled Lotfy a presidential pardon and encourage publishers and booksellers worldwide to show their support for Khaled."
Cairo International Book Fair did not respond to The Bookseller's request for comment.