Sharjah debates Freedom to Publish, including in the UAE

Sharjah debates Freedom to Publish, including in the UAE

For publishing and creativity to flourish in the Arab World, “the censorship authorities must focus more on preserving copyrights and preventing fraud and piracy than on the content of the book”, Mahmoud Lutfi, brother of imprisoned publisher and bookseller Khaled Lutfi, told delegates at the Sharjah International Book Fair Publishers Conference today (Monday). Lutfi is in prison in Egypt for publishing a translation of a title that the government did not like and was given the International Publishers Association Prix Voltaire, its freedom to publish prize, earlier this year.

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