From the 18th - 20th of September 2008 the Amsterdam World Book Capital organizes a symposium for writers, publishers, librarians and booksellers to address the growing threats to the freedom of expression and the free dissemination of ideas and texts.
The International Symposium on Neo-Censorship; Threats to the Open Book will, on an international level, examine the erosion of free expression.
Among the speakers are
- Breyten Breytenbach, South Africa/France, writer and poet
- William Nygaard, Norway, publisher
- Kenan Malik, India/UK, lecturer and broadcaster
- Boris Dittrich, The Netherlands/USA, advocacy director for Human Rights Watch
- Shahla Lahiji, Iran, publisher
- Paul Struges, UK, Professor Library Studies and chair of IFLA Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Committee
- Rohan Jayasekera, UK, writer and associate editor for Index on Censorship
- Sara Whyatt, UK, coordinator PEN Writers in Prison Committee
At the opening ceremony the IPA Freedom to Publish Prize will be presented to Ragip Zarakolu, director and owner of Belge Publishing House, Turkey.