The Association of Professional Publishers of Serbia (UPIS) is protesting against the decision made by the Board of Directors of the Belgrade Book Fair to change the location of the official booths of publishing companies IP Karpos and E Books to accommodate Vojislav Seselj’s publishing company Velika Srbija (Greater Serbia).
The Association demands that IP Karpos and E Books keep the original position of their booth and that the responsible persons from the Belgrade Fair publicly apologize and explain the manner in which the decision was made. The protest letter from the UPIS was signed by the Chairman of its Managing Board, Zoran Hamovic.
The UPIS is protesting against a scandalous decision made by the Belgrade Book Fair to move the booths of the two publishers and allow the publisher “Velika Srbija”, which is majority owned by the convicted criminal Vojislav Seselj, to exhibit there.
Seselj owns a 56% stake in the Velika Srbija publishing company, SRS deputy Milorad Mircic owns 14%, 10% is owned by Ljiljana Mihajlovic, while 5% belong to the members of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) Gordana Pop Lazic, Dragan Todorovic, Stevo Dragisic and Seselj’s lawyer Milan Terzic.
To remind, at the beginning of July, the Belgrade Book Fair assigned booths to various publishing companies which are going to exhibit at the Fair, with IP Karpos and E Books getting a bigger booth.
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