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Neo-censorship - the kind of censorship not imposed by the state but by the private sector, be that self-censorship, market censorship or silent repression and threats to writers, journalists and publishers - is on the rise, says the Amsterdam World Book Capital Foundation. Find out how neo-censorship is eating away at the right to free expression and how to combat this latest threat at the International Symposium on Neo-censorship, happening on 18-20 September in Amsterdam.

Check out sessions on how large-scale immigration and multiculturalism could restrict freedom of expression, or how the fight against terrorism often leads to governments asserting an iron grip on their citizens. Stick around for the final session, when experts talk about if any of the myriad campaigns leading up to the Olympics actually had any use.

Also be sure to catch the (free!) opening ceremony on 18 September, where IPA presents its Freedom to Publish Prize to Ragip Zarakolu, the Turkish publisher who refused to abandon his campaign for freedom of thought, despite being given a three-year prison sentence.

The conference is organised by the Amsterdam World Book Capital Foundation in collaboration with Index on Censorship and Amnesty International, and support from the International Publishers Association (IPA).

For details and to register, see:

(9 July 2008)

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