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Self-Censorship in Arab Higher Education

A number of organizations report on the freedom-of-speech restrictions that governments impose on academics, journalists, and public intellectuals in the Arab region. But the constraints that academics impose on themselves because of fear of reprisals are not as well understood or publicized. Self-censorship affects the professional performance of faculty members, which in turn is reflected in the quality of university education in general. We have cooperated with the Scholars at Risk Network, an independent not-for-profit organization based at New York University, on a survey that attempts to measure self-censorship in academia in the Arab region. You can check out the survey's results in our in-depth report, and read additional commentaries by academics on their own experiences and thoughts. We hope this work will help start a long-needed discussion on this issue and possible ways of avoiding it and strengthening academic freedom in the region.
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One Scholar’s Struggle Between Freedom of Research and Self-Censorship

Taqadum Al-Khatib | 12 May 2021

An Egyptian scholar who studied Jewish history in an Arab society found self-censorship a difficult trap to escape.

Academic Freedom Data & Surveys Democracy Faculty Teaching

Self-Censorship in the University: A Breach of Academic Freedom

Hmaid Ben Aziza | 03 May 2021

In a collective act of self-censorship, many academics today willingly cede the university’s unconditional freedom to investigate all ideas.

Academic Freedom Arab Researcher Survey Data & Surveys Democracy Faculty Human Rights

Why Professors in Algeria Have Given Up on Free Academic Inquiry

Fatimah Bakhouch | 22 Apr 2021

Professors in Algeria have learned that it’s best to endorse the conventional wisdom and not ask new questions, a scholar says.

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In a Climate of Self-Censorship, Social Research Suffers

Fidaa Bou Haidar | 21 Apr 2021

A new book argues that Arab social scientists limit their teaching and research through self-censorship, producing a “knowledge void.”

Academic Freedom Arab Researcher Survey Data & Surveys Democracy Faculty Human Rights Teaching

When Self-Censorship Means Self-Protection

Maha Bali | 20 Apr 2021

An Egyptian professor explains the complex motives behind her decision to limit her own freedom of expression.

Academic Freedom Arab Researcher Survey Data & Surveys Faculty Human Rights Policy Research

Academic Self-Censorship Is a ‘Brain Drag’ on Arab Universities and Societies

Robert Quinn | 18 Apr 2021

Academic self-censorship not only hinders individuals’ intellectual output and creativity but comes at a cost to whole societies.

Academic Freedom Arab Researcher Survey Data & Surveys Democracy Faculty Human Rights Teaching

Self-Censorship in Arab Higher Education: an Untold Problem

Rasha Faek | 18 Apr 2021

Arab professors routinely practice self-censorship, which limits academic discourse, a survey by Al-Fanar Media and Scholars at Risk found.




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