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Academic Freedom

Academic freedom in the Arab world has been increasingly undermined and strained. Individually and collectively, the freedom to access, create and share knowledge to serve communities through research, documentation, discussion and creativity faces the challenges of censorship and heavy state interference. 

Academic freedom doesn’t sit alone in societies but is part of the broader freedoms of expression exercised by artists, journalists, writers, and the public at large. Al-Fanar Media believes in the importance of researchers’ and academics’ personal autonomy and independence, as well as the significance of free speech and critical debate. We report on infringements of academic freedom in the Middle East and North Africa, the interference in the management of higher education institutions, the arrests of researchers, university staff and students. We also cover the efforts that governments and institutions are doing to preserve the right to academic freedom. 

We hope through our articles to keep the discussion around academic freedom in the MENA region alive, to contribute to the reduction of censorship in higher education institutions and research. 

Below are a series of articles and stories around the subject of academic freedom in the Arab world.

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New Tunisian Agency to Evaluate Higher Education Institutions Gets Mixed Reception

Tarek Abd El-Galil | 07 Aug 2022

The plan seeks to improve the international competitiveness of Tunisian higher education and research. Some academics question whether a new agency is the answer.

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Algeria’s Ban on Research Ties with Morocco Violates Academic Freedom, Scholars Say

Amr EL-Tohamy | 19 Jul 2022

Algerian and Moroccan academics say the decision will have little effect on scholarly output in either country because research collaborations were already rare.

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Academic Groups Urge Global Support for Ukraine’s Displaced Scientists

Gilgamesh Nabeel | 07 Jun 2022

International academic groups are urging the global science community to advocate for helping Ukraine’s displaced scientists and scholars.

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Israeli Restrictions That Hurt Palestinian Universities Draw International Rebukes

Tarek Abd El-Galil | 09 May 2022

International academic groups call on Israel to drop restrictions that would limit foreign scholars’ ability to study and work at universities in the West Bank.

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University of Khartoum’s New Draft Law Limits Security Forces on Its Campus

Amr EL-Tohamy | 10 Apr 2022

The terms of the University of Khartoum’s new draft law, shared with Al-Fanar Media, stipulate how the university will be run and assert its independence.

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Lebanese University Halts Classes After Guards Attack Professors’ Sit-In

Amr EL-Tohamy | 06 Apr 2022

The Lebanese University suspended classes after security forces assaulted teachers during a protest against unpaid salaries.

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University of Khartoum Proposes a New Law to Strengthen Its Independence

Amr EL-Tohamy | 05 Apr 2022

Days after Sudan’s de facto head of state’s dissolved the councils of public universities, the University of Khartoum is advancing a draft law that would guarantee its independence.

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Palestine’s Research Capacity Is Limited by Multiple Challenges, Scholars Say

Tarek Abd El-Galil | 04 Apr 2022

Speakers at a webinar sponsored by Scientists for Palestine discuss the problems that hinder academics’ ability to conduct research in the occupied territories.

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New Israeli Restrictions on Foreign Scholars at Palestinian Universities Stir Outrage

Amr EL-Tohamy | 29 Mar 2022

Palestinian academics say new limits set by Israel seek to isolate their universities from the world and curtail their educational impact.

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Revisiting the Past in Books That Blend Fiction and Facts

Sayyid Mahmoud | 11 Jan 2022

Egyptian critics and writers discuss a literary trend of revisiting the past through personalized remembrances and novels based on facts.




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