ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has banned 38 books from being sold at the Erbil International Book Fair for displaying support of radical ideologies.
“This year, we have prevented 38 books from being sold at the fair. All of them were local and brought from inside the Kurdistan Region,” Kurdistan 24 quoted Niyan Ahmed, Deputy Director General of printing and publication in the Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Culture and Youth.
The official revealed that during last year’s fair, 200 books were banned.
“At the fair, Islamic books have been sold the most compared to titles. Today, which is the third day of the fair, some Saudi publication centers have already finished selling all the batches they brought,” Ahmed added.
The 13th Erbil International Book Fair has opened since 10 October. It lasts for 10 days with over 700,000 titles, mostly in Kurdish, Arabic, and English.
More than 250 publishers from 35 countries are showcasing their latest publications.