PW runs freedom of expression tribute

PW runs freedom of expression tribute

US book trade publication Publishers Weekly is to run a special section next week as a tribute to freedom of expression following the terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in France, in which 12 people died.

The magazine’s owner, George Slowik Jr, said it was jumping “fully into the fray of defending freedom of expression” after the Charlie Hebdo attack and "the disquieting events around ‘The Interview’”. The film, a comedy about North Korea, was pulled from cinemas prior to its release after concerns about safety from cinemas.

Publishers Weekly is running a “Nous Sommes Charlie” banner across its homepage, as well as in its newsletters and on social media, and inviting advertisers to take part in its tribute section in the next issue of the magazine on Monday 19th January.

The magazine said: “Freedom of expression is core to our values and fundamental to the world of books. Whether publisher or author, bookstore or library, agency or citizen of the world: Nous Sommes Tous Charlie. “

All profits from the tribute section will be split between the American Booksellers for Free Expression, the International Federation of Library Associations, International PEN and the International Publishers Association.

Publishers Weekly has said it is also committing a page in every issue donated to a free speech or anti-censorship charity.