Guatemalan publisher honored for defending freedom of expression

NEW YORK – A Guatemalan publisher is recognized by the Association of American Publishers for work defending freedom of expression.

The association announced on Wednesday that it is presenting its International Freedom to Publish / Jeri Laber Award to F&G Editores and founder Raúl Figueroa Sarti, who has often risked his personal safety to publish books that highlight racism, corruption and government-sponsored violence be asserted.

“Beyond the recognition of my journalistic activities in Guatemala, it seems very relevant that the risks to which freedom of expression and publication is exposed today receive international attention, both from the central government and from the most powerful economic groups in Guatemala, which fear their privileges . “Are at risk,” said Sarti, who founded F&G Editores in 1993.

Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of the Publishing Association, said in a statement that Sarti was commended “for his exceptional commitment to authors and readers, despite the severe and numerous threats he had to endure.”

The International Freedom to Publish Award was launched in 2002 and highlights publishers outside the United States. Recent winners include Bangladesh-based Jagriti Publishing House and South Africa’s NB Publishers.

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