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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.

Academic Freedom Politics Protests Students

In Tunisia, a Once-Banned Student Union Rises Again

| 19 Mar 2014

The rebirth of an outlawed student union with Islamist leanings is a positive sign of rising democracy to some, a negative sign of religious conservatism to others.

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Education under Attack: Eight Arab Countries Affected

Rasha Faek | 09 Mar 2014

A new report documents the effects of armed conflict on schools, universities and those who work and study at them.

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Egyptian Court Puts Police Back on Campus

| 25 Feb 2014

More signs are emerging of diminishing academic freedom: One of the crackdown’s most prominent targets speaks out.

Academic Freedom Politics Protests

In Tunisia, Academic “Families” Protect University Campuses

Sarah Lynch | 23 Feb 2014

As police mostly stay off campus, networks of students and staff members have rallied to act as informal university security.

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Emad Shahin: Letter from an Accused Academic

| 23 Jan 2014

A prominent scholar at the American University of Cairo responds to charges of “grand espionage”.

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New Home for Many Egyptian Academics: Jail

Sarah Lynch | 22 Jan 2014

With more Egyptian professors and students behind bars, some of them have begun a hunger strike.

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Egyptian Court Bans “Unapproved” Campus Protests

Mohamed Mahmoud, Sarah Lynch | 09 Jan 2014

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters wants to stop campus protests that do not have official permission.

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Calls for Arab Academic Freedom Echo Across the Atlantic

Tina Kelley | 21 Nov 2013

A U.S. meeting follows up on a Tunisian one, pointing out that academic freedom is vital not only for universities, but for countries as a whole.

Academic Freedom Human Rights

Egyptian Academics Arrested in the Crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood

Muhammad Mansour | 11 Nov 2013

At least 70 professors have been arrested in the Egyptian government’s anti-Muslim Brotherhood crackdown. Opinions are mixed as to the legitimacy of the arrests.

Academic Freedom Politics Protests Students

Looking Behind the Egyptian Student Protests

Mohamed Mahmoud, Sarah Lynch | 30 Oct 2013

Street protests against the military-backed government have subsided, leaving campus protests as a focal point of political friction.




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