Academic Freedom Media Review May 6 - 12, 2022

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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.

IRAN: Iran Says It Will Execute an Iranian-Swedish Scientist Accused of Espionage
Farnaz Fassihi, The New York Times, 5/10
Iran’s judiciary said on Tuesday that it would carry out the execution sentence of an Iranian-Swedish scientist accused of spying for Israel and aiding its assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists. The scientist, Ahmadreza Djalali, has denied all the charges against him.
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EUROPE: EU launches Ukrainian research aid scheme as it boosts Horizon Europe budget
Florin Zubașcu, Science Business, 5/10
The European Commission officially launched a €25 million direct aid package of Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) grants for researchers from Ukraine, as it announced a €562 million increase for the Horizon Europe budget in 2022. The Commission expects the demand for research grants from Ukrainian scholars to increase in the coming months. 
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CHINA: A Teacher in China Learns the Limits of Free Expression
Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 5/9
How had the country experienced so much social, economic, and educational change while its politics remained stagnant? 
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GERMANY: Berlin declaration pledges support for threatened academics
Michael Gardner, University World News, 5/9
The academic exchange organisations of the G7 states have presented a joint declaration on international academic cooperation in times of crisis with partners from eight further countries and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), the European umbrella organisation of internationalisation agencies.lorida’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: Mixed Message
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 5/9
University of Florida seemingly endorses the state’s new anti-CRT law and warns professors that violating the law risks state funding. Some $106 million could be on the line.
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ISRAEL / PALESTINE: Israeli Restrictions That Hurt Palestinian Universities Draw International Rebukes
Tarek Abd El-Galil, Al-Fanar Media, 5/9
International organisations are stepping up pressure against Israeli restrictions that would hurt Palestinian universities by limiting their ability to recruit foreign professors and students.
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EGYPT: Today’s Postponement Only Prolongs an Ongoing Travesty of Justice
CEU, 5/9 
“Today's postponement is inhumane and only prolongs an ongoing travesty of justice, in which false hope is provided only to be taken away,” CEU President and Rector Shalini Randeria said in a statement on the May 9th postponement of the trial of CEU student Ahmed Samir Santawy. 
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UNITED STATES: UI provides four seniors an education in human rights advocacy
Emily Delgado, The Daily Iowan, 5/8
Four seniors in the Human Rights Certificate program at the University of Iowa started their involvement in human rights and education advocacy through a supervised internship in partnership with Scholars at Risk.
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EGYPT: Political science researcher detained on arrival at Cairo Airport
Middle East Eye, 5/6
Egyptian political science researcher Amgad Gabbas was detained by police while at Cairo Airport upon his arrival from overseas for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, sources told Middle East Eye on Friday. According to the London-based Egyptian Network for Human Rights, Gabbas is currently held in Qanater prison on the northern outskirts of Cairo. It remains unclear what charges he is facing.
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