FREEDOM TO PUBLISH
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Freedom of Thought and Expression Awards
Since 1995, the TPA has worked to promote the freedom to publish both in Turkey and worldwide. It is to this end that the TPA presents the annual “Freedom of Thought and Expression Awards”. By means of this award, the TPA seeks to show its support of writers and publishers in Turkey who are publicly known to be engaged in the struggle for these freedoms; to attract the attention of public opinion regarding this struggle; and to insist upon the legislative and political changes necessary to further freedom of thought and expression. An experienced independent publisher is also awarded for her/his lifelong contribution to the profession.
Freedom to Publish Reports
The TPA releases an annual “Freedom to Publish in Turkey Report” at the awards ceremony. The report covers lawsuits, investigations regarding book contents, book recalls, censorship in prisons, schools and universities, books being counted as criminal evidence, pressure on the press and social media and recent legislative changes. The TPA holds and participates in press conferences, releases press statements, follows court proceedings and regularly informs and alerts its national and international contacts regarding relevant developments.
“On the Way to Freedom to Publish” Project
With the need to improve the efficiency of work on the freedom to publish, the need to establish closer ties with the local publishing stakeholders and better detect problems at the local level was observed. With this necessity, a project named “On the Way to Freedom to Publish ” was granted by the EU and carried out between October 2014 – October 2015. Partnered with the Swedish Publishers’ Association and TPA also had the support of its associates, prominent book fair organizer TUYAP Inc, the well-known news portals Edebiyat Haber and Bianet and the International Publishers Association (IPA) for this project.
For more information, please see the project website at www.yayinlamaozgurlugu.org.