Academic Freedom Media Review: January 7 - 13, 2021

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 January 7 - 13, 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.

INDIA: Free Professor Saibaba, who contracted COVID-19 a second time!
Scholars at Risk, 1/13
Scholars at Risk sent a letter to Indian authorities raising grave concern for the health of Professor Gokarakonda Naga Saibaba, who tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time while in Nagpur Central Prison.
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MOROCCO: Morocco sex for grades: Hassan I University lecturer jailed
BBC, 1/13
A professor at Hassan I University accused of giving students good grades in return for sexual favors has been convicted of indecent behavior, sexual harassment, and violence and sentenced to two years in prison. This is the first verdict in a string of high-profile sexual harassment cases at universities in Morocco.
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TURKEY: 2,102 people express solidarity with Boğaziçi University constituents
Bianet, 1/13
2,102 Turkish citizens signed a joint statement on the first anniversary of the protests against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rector appointment at Boğaziçi University. The statement calls on authorities to take action to ensure university autonomy.
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CHINA / HONG KONG: ‘Discreet’ chats to quiet defiance: tactics on Hong Kong campuses
Pola Lem, Times Higher Education, 1/12
After a year during which several of Hong Kong’s most prominent higher education institutions severed ties with student unions amid concerns about the national security law, academics practice caution when discussing politically sensitive topics in the classroom.
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AFGHANISTAN: Taliban releases prominent Afghan professor from custody
Al Jazeera, 1/11
The Taliban released Faizullah Jalal, a Kabul University professor and outspoken critic of the Taliban, who was detained in relation to statements he allegedly made on social media.
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FRANCE: Islamophobia row puts French campuses in crossfire as poll looms
Ben Upton, Times Higher Education, 1/10
Sabine Saurugger, director of Sciences Po Grenoble, called for “calm and rationality” among French academics after suspending a professor who had made criticisms of the institution in national media. The professor also previously claimed at an anti-racism event that Islamophobia was not comparable to other forms of discrimination.
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AFGHANISTAN: Taliban prepares to segregate sexes in Afghan universities
Tahir Khan, Nikkei Asia, 1/10
Abdul Baqi Haqqani, Afghanistan’s minister for higher education, said in an interview that females will be allowed to access education after a new system to separate males and females is prepared.
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TURKEY: Turkish court releases two Bogazici students from jail
Reuters, 1/7
A Turkish court released two Boğaziçi University students from jail. The students were detained amid widespread protests against the government's appointment of a rector to the university.
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AFGHANISTAN / GLOBAL: Keeping their heads down: how are Afghan students faring in the West?
Pola Lem, Times Higher Education, 1/6
Scholars at Risk Deputy Director Sarah Wilcox told THE that universities have played a critical role in the relocation of Afghan students and researchers who have managed to leave the country.
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CHINA / UNITED STATES: China mounts anti-US campaign in Xinjiang universities amid genocide declarations
Mihray Abdilim, Radio Free Asia, 1/4
The Chinese government has begun a propaganda campaign directed at the United States over the country’s condemnation of Beijing’s human rights violations and genocidal policies targeting the Uyghur minority.
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