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IPA demands protection for publishers in Bangladesh

The murderous attacks on Bangladeshi publishers and writers are direct attacks on the freedom to publish, says International Publishers Association

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Elsevier is a member of several Association-members of the International Association of Publishers and is particularly supportive of the IPA's Freedom to Publish Initiative. The IPA recently published the following press release demanding protection for publishers in Bangladesh — an action Elsevier strongly supports: 

IPA logoThe murderous attacks on Bangladeshi publishers and writers over the weekend are direct attacks on the freedom to publish — a fundamental freedom in all civilized countries.
The International Publishers Association (IPA) joins its member, the Academic and Creative Publishers Association of Bangladesh (ACPAB), in condemning the attacks and demanding that the government protects publishers and writers from all forms of intimidation and violence.

Mr Kamrul Hasan Shayok, Executive Director of ACPAB, said, ‘Attacking and killing publishers is a severe blueprint for stopping a nation’s progress. We demand from the Government of Bangladesh proper punishment for this cruel attack.’

Mr Richard Charkin, President of the IPA, said, ‘These barbarous acts are an affront to humanity and a tragedy for the families of those brave publishers who were murdered or attacked. The IPA is more determined than ever to stand in solidarity with all who uphold freedom to publish as central to a society’s well being. We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of all the victims.’

Mr José Borghino, Secretary General of the IPA, said, ‘These craven attacks require an immediate and precise response from the Government of Bangladesh. Those who murdered Faisal Arefin Dipan and attempted to murder Ahmed Rahim Tutul must be found and brought to justice. The perpetrators of these horrific acts are trying to divide us. They must not be allowed to succeed.’

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