Academic Freedom Media Review: June 10-16, 2022

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June 10 - 16, 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.

UNITED STATES / UKRAINE: U.S. law schools are funding degrees for Ukrainian lawyers
Karen Sloan, Reuters, 6/15
The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is working to bring a half dozen Ukrainian lawyers to the United States to spend a year studying and doing pro bono work related to their home country.
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IRAN: Fears for Iranian-Swedish doctor held on espionage charges
Sharmila Devi, The Lancet, 6/15
Djalali, an Iranian-Swedish doctor who was arrested by Iranian authorities 6 years ago on charges of espionage and whose execution last month was delayed after an apparently successful appeal by his lawyers.
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KENYA: MPs reject bill aimed at curtailing university autonomy
Wachira Kigotho, University World News, 6/14
Kenya’s parliament has rejected a legal framework that would have given the cabinet secretary for education sweeping powers in the appointment of vice-chancellors, deputy vice-chancellors, principals of university constituent colleges and members of university councils in public universities.
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EUROPE: Studies in Subversion: The Battle Over Higher Education in Europe
Andrea Pető and Éric Fassin, Green European Journal, 6/14
Across Europe, higher education faces attacks from multiple sides. In Hungary, the authoritarian government has taken steps to curtail academic freedoms and restrict the space for scientific study and political debate. In western Europe, politicians and media figures have singled out certain disciplines as places of ideological inculcation where freedom of speech is suppressed, and the social fabric is threatened. University professors Éric Fassin and Andrea Pető explore how these developments fit into broader trends reaching beyond national borders, and why these attacks undermine the independence and pluralism of academic inquiry.
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UNITED KINGDOM / AFGHANISTAN: UK opens resettlement scheme for Afghan Chevening alumni
Pola Lem, Times Higher Education, 6/14
The UK government has opened applications to resettle Afghan alumni of its prestigious Chevening scholarship programme, potentially signalling the light at the end of the tunnel for the couple dozen scholars still stranded in the Taliban-controlled country.
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UNITED KINGDOM / CHINA: MPs bid to hand ministers power to block Confucius Institutes
Tom Williams, Times Higher Education, 6/10
Amendment to free speech legislation would require higher education providers to report proposed partnerships with overseas organisations.
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DRC: Kisangani: the residence of a university professor raided by the FARDC [FRENCH]
Radio Okapi, 6/10
The private residence of Professor Alphonse Maindo of the University of Kisangani (UNIKIS) was besieged and searched, early this Friday, June 10, by FARDC
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IRAN: Urgent appeal to save Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, at risk of imminent execution
Scholars at Risk, 6/9
Scholars at Risk sent a letter to officials from the EU, UK, US, and UN urging them to do everything in their power to halt the imminent execution and secure the immediate release of Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali.
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IRAN / FRANCE: Support for researcher Fariba Adelkhah arrested three years ago in Iran does not give up [FRENCH]
RFI, 6/8
It has been three years since the Franco-Iranian anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah was arrested in Iran. She was sentenced to five years in prison for undermining state security, a pretext according to her relatives who denounce the arrest for political reasons.
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