Prix Voltaire to Khaled Lutfi

News - International Thursday, 02 May 2019

'The international publishing community stands with Khaled Lutfi'

The Independent Publishers Association (IPA) has awarded the 2019 Prix Voltaire, which supports freedom to publish, to imprisoned Egyptian publisher Khaled Lutfi.

Kristenn Einarsson, chair of the IPA's Freedom to Publish Committee, said: "The international publishing community stands with Khaled Lutfi. We must support Lutfi's fellow publishers in Egypt so that his imprisonment does not lead to fear and self-censorship in a country of such rich literary heritage."

Jose Borghino, IPA secretary general, added: "IPA calls on President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to grant Khaled Lutfi a presidential pardon."

Lutfi, founder of Cairo's Tanmia Bookshop and Publishing, was sentenced in February to five years in prison on charges of divulging military secrets. The charge related to his distribution of an Arabic translation of the book The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel by Uri Bar-Joseph.

The presentation of the prize will take place on 21 June at the Seoul International Book Fair.

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