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Scholars at Risk Academic Freedom Media Review

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February 19 - 25, 2021

Scholars at Risk monitors reports of threats to academic freedom and higher education communities worldwide, including media articles, blogs, opinion pieces and other announcements. Unless otherwise indicated (such as in articles written by SAR), the language and views contained in the search results reflect those of the originating author and/or publication and do not necessarily represent the views of Scholars at Risk or its members, affiliates, board or staff. An archive of the Media Review is available on our website.

CHINA / UNITED STATES: US-China academic relations ‘need strategic stabilisation’
Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 2/24
Gerard Postiglione, coordinator of the Consortium for Higher Education Research in Asia at the University of Hong Kong, believes that despite China-US relations being at the lowest point in 40 years, relations can improve through strategic stabilization.
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IRELAND / CHINA: Huawei chief criticises academic’s ‘false attack’ over 5G security risks
Jack Power, The Irish Times, 2/24
Tony Yangxu, the head of Huawei Ireland, claimed the company was victim to a “completely false attack” after an academic paper warning that giving the Chinese company access to Ireland’s 5G network posed serious security risks.
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RUSSIA: Siberian Students Say They Were Offered Money, Benefits To Promote Ruling Party
Nadezhda Trubitsyna and Robert Coalson, RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, 2/23
Nizhnevartovsk State University students anonymously came forward claiming that they have been offered money and academic benefits in exchange for circulating scripted social media posts which support the United Russia party.
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UNITED STATES: Authorities Investigate Racist Attacks on CUNY Virtual Events
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 2/22
Anonymous, racist attacks on CUNY’s online diversity events have prompted a police investigation. Events celebrating Women in Business and the Muslim Business Association were attacked with derogatory language and imagery.
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INDIA: Call for release of jailed professor ill with COVID-19
Shuriah Niazi, University World News, 2/22
Scholars at Risk and other human rights organizations have called on Indian authorities to release former Delhi University Professor G.N. Saibaba after testing positive for COVID-19.
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GREECE: Out of chaos, a new era emerges for Greek universities
Theodoros Papaioannou, University World News, 2/20
An account of how Greece has met the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic efficiently by adapting to new models of online and blended provision.
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FRANCE: France to investigate academics over ‘Islamo-leftism’
David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 2/19
France’s science minister Frédérique Vidal announced an investigation into “Islamo-lefitism” within the country’s academy that will be carried out by distinguishing “academic research” from what she claims is political activism.
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CANADA: In vow to protect campus free speech, Quebec premier joins 'war on woke'
Jonathan Montpetit, CBC, 2/18
Quebec’s Premier François Legault declared his intention to protect free speech on university campuses from “anti-racism activists.” The declaration comes after several incidents in which University professors have been suspended or forced to apologize for their words in the classroom.
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SWEDEN: New migration law set to ‘drive foreign researchers away’
Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 2/18
The Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers (SULF) has told the Swedish government that stricter requirements for permanent residence permits in the proposed new migration act may make it more difficult for Sweden to retain foreign researchers. This may be an unintentional consequence of the proposed law.
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