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 April 15 - 21, 2022

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.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan scholars fear creeping closure of universities by Taliban
Pola Lem, Times Higher Education, 4/21
Academics in Afghanistan fear that the semester just finished could be their last before the Taliban closes universities ahead of major reforms.
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EUROPE: Ehler eyes ‘watchdog’ role for Parliament’s science think tank
Florin Zubașcu, Science Business, 4/21
Horizon Europe rapporteur and the newly elected chair of European Parliament’s science think tank outlines his plans for scientific advice, academic freedom and scholars at risk. 
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BRAZIL: Decline in Academic Freedom Requires UN’s Attention
Scholars at Risk, 4/20
Beginning with the 2018 presidential campaign and election of President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s higher education community has faced dramatically increasing threats to academic freedom and institutional autonomy. Scholars at Risk expresses concerns over these pressures in a submission to the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review of Brazil.
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UNITED STATES: Florida Passes Posttenure-Review Law
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 4/20
Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, on Tuesday signed SB 7044, which establishes a new posttenure, five-year review cycle for professors at public institutions.
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UNITED STATES: Threats against HBCUs and Black-Majority Schools in the United States
ACLED, 4/20
Since the beginning of 2022, the United States has seen a spate of bomb and shooting threats against schools and universities around the country, with at least 80 threats reported as of mid-April.
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NICARAGUA: Institutionalized Violence against Universities and Attacks on Academic Freedom [SPANISH]
Catalina Arango Patiño, Elthon Rivera Cruz, and Salvador Herencia-Carrasco, Agenda Estado De Derecho, 4/19
In Nicaragua, universities were closed and students were imprisoned for their participation in protests. What is the role of the international community?
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UNITED STATES / ISRAEL: What Happened After the Middle East Studies Association Backed an Israel Boycott
Francie Diep, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/19
In the weeks since the Middle East Studies Association voted to endorse an academic boycott of Israel, reactions across the scholarly community have been varied.
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GLOBAL: Is Geopolitics Closing the Door on Open Research?
Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/19
Without clear guidance, some college leaders have forsworn overseas collaborations. Since the end of the Cold War, and even before, intellectual exchange across borders has been viewed as inherently beneficial [...] But that long-held consensus may be crumbling.
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BELARUS: Release Belarusian Students
Scholars at Risk, 4/15
Scholars at Risk urges Belarusian authorities to secure the immediate release of 11 students and one professor serving prison sentences of two years to two and a half years in apparent retaliation for their nonviolent exercise of the rights of freedom of expression and assembly.
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RUSSIA: Russian student reporters track campus oppression despite arrests
Pola Lem, Times Higher Education, 4/15
Doxa editor Armen Aramyan discusses year-long house arrest, narrowing academic freedom and the future of Russia’s independent media.
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MYANMAR: Hanging by a Thread: Education in Post-Coup Myanmar
Spring University Myanmar, CSIS Indonesia, 4/13
Before the coup, the education sector was among the largest sectors in Myanmar. This has changed dramatically since the coup, with the involvement of students and teachers in resisting the military junta’s attack on Myanmar’s democracy.
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