About the Conference
About IFLA Center
Welcome to the Conference
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), in association with the
IFLA’s Centre for Arabic Speaking Libraries and Information Institutions at
the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, is pleased to announce its regional conference on ‘
The Role of Libraries in Freedom of Expression, Tolerance, and Access to Information
’ at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt on October 7, 8 and 9, 2008.
The first years of the 21st century have seen freedom of access to information and freedom of expression placed under pressure all over the world. Anti-terror legislation and national security concerns caused chilling effects on freedom of speech and decrease access to government information, while at the same time cultural misunderstandings cause offence, sometimes at the expense of freedom of expression. Even though it can be a struggle to promote tolerance and freedom of access to information in these conditions, librarians must find a way to uphold their commitment to human rights and intellectual freedom.
Freedom of Expression
Production /Dissemination of information
Freedom of access to information
Bibliotheca Alexandrina - P.O. Box 138 - Chatby, Alexandria 21526, EGYPT
Phone: +(203) 4839999 ext. 1997 - email: