Gothenburg bans far-right exhibitors as fairs tackle populism

Gothenburg bans far-right exhibitors as fairs tackle populism

The rise of right-wing populism continues to be a vexing issue for the major book fairs, as they attempt to balance free speech against giving platforms for extremists’ views. Last year, both the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) and Gothenburg Book Fair faced criticism for allowing populist publishers from the right into their halls. Their approaches to dealing with the problem now differ, The Bookseller has learned, with Gothenburg blocking extremist publishers from participating.

The change came after far-right newspaper Nya Tider exhibited at last year’s Gothenburg fair, leading to some author...

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