The banning of newspapers and publishers is a threat to democracy's most valuable asset: the right to express opinions freely. Turkey, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Tanzania: hundreds of journalists were arrested all over the world just last year.
By presenting the 2019 Gutenberg Prize to the “Fonts for Freedom” initiative run by Reporters Without Borders, the book city of Leipzig is paying tribute to a highly topical project: “Fonts for Freedom” reconstructs the fonts of daily newspapers from all over the world that have been banned and closed down and then make these fonts available in the internet free of charge. To mark the presentation of the Gutenberg Prize of the City of Leipzig to “Reporters Without Borders” for their initiative “Fonts for Freedom”, the German Museum of Books and Writing at the German National Library will be dedicating a small exhibition to the prize winner. It will present poster campaigns marking Turkish president Recep Erdoğan’s visit to Berlin, banned newspapers, and film documentaries.
The exhibition will be open for viewing from 30 May to 21 December 2019.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays 10:00–18:00, Thursday 10:00–20:00,