Academic Freedom Media Review: January 14 - 20, 2021

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 January 14 - 20, 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.

TURKEY: Boğaziçi University | Three deans removed from office
Bianet, 1/20
The academics of Boğaziçi University announced that three elected deans at the university have been removed from office by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK).
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BAHRAIN: Request for support to free imprisoned human rights defender Dr Abduljalil AlSingace, on hunger strike since July 2021
Scholars at Risk, 1/17
Scholars at Risk joined 26 human rights organizations in encouraging US, UK, German, and EU governments to raise Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace’s case with Bahraini authorities.
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UNITED STATES: US set to drop charges against MIT’s Chen on China research funds
Paul Basken, Times Higher Education, 1/17
US prosecutors recommended dropping criminal charges against Gang Chen, a Chinese-born Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor accused in the Trump-era crackdown on scientists with foreign funding.
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MEXICO: Education and science under attack by AMLO’s government
The Yucatan Times via University World News, 1/17
The Yucatan Times reports that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has criticized institutions of higher education in the country on at least eight occasions, describing them as “neoliberal” or “right-wing.”
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AFGHANISTAN / IRAQ: Afghan students ‘in doldrums’ at Iraqi university
Pola Lem, Times Higher Education, 1/17
Afghan students from the American University of Afghanistan, who were previously evacuated to the American University of Iraq after Kabul fell to the Taliban in August 2021, say they are not getting the education they need to progress.
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HONG KONG: Hong Kong's Chinese University to start patriotic 'national security education'
Radio Free Asia, 1/17
The Chinese University of Hong Kong will impose the ruling Chinese Communist Party's patriotic education program on all students starting in the fall of 2022. Every student will be required to complete the course "Understanding China Today" in order to graduate.
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GREECE: Greece begins training of a permanent police group in universities [SPANISH]
La Vanguardia, 1/17
Police officers assigned to the protection of universities in Greece began training in response to the continued occupations of campuses by protesters. Up until now, police in Greece could only access universities if there were indications of a crime or if their presence was requested by the university.
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PAKISTAN: SC asks courts to respect universities’ powers
Nasir Iqbal, Dawn, 1/16
The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a judgment stating that every university has the right to set out its disciplinary and other policies in accordance with the law, and that unless any policy goes against the fundamental rights of the students or violates any law, courts should exercise self-restraint in such matters.
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UNITED STATES: Judge will decide soon on whether free speech violated at UF
Mike Schneider, Associated Press via Miami Herald, 1/15
A federal judge criticized an attorney for the University of Florida during a hearing on whether six faculty members' free speech rights were infringed upon after the lawyer accused some of the professors of having no standing to make their cases because they had violated school policy.
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EVENT: As One Year of Imprisonment Approaches, CEU Hosts Free Ahmed Samir! Online Conference
Central European University, 1/14
In February 2021, Ahmed Samir Santawy, Egyptian student and researcher at Central European University in Vienna, was arbitrarily detained and imprisoned by the Egyptian government. As one year since Ahmed’s disappearance approaches, CEU will host the Free Ahmed Samir! Conference on Academic Freedom in Egypt on January 25 to consider why university peers are being imprisoned and what can be done about it.
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THAILAND: Student activists arrested during graduation boycott campaign
Prachatai, 1/14
Two student activists were arrested while holding banners on Chiang Mai University’s campus calling on students to boycott the graduation ceremony.
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AFGHANISTAN: Private higher education providers battle for survival
Shadi Khan Saif, University World News, 1/14
Officials at a number of private universities in Kabul told University World News that private institutions are struggling to survive as they are facing a dramatic drop in the number of students enrolled. Private institutions have continued to operate while there have been no signs of resumption of studies at public universities.
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