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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 Conflict Faculty Refugees

Some Academics Want to ‘Get Off the Sidelines’ to Help Syrians

Tina Kelley | 08 Oct 2013

In a panel discussion at the New School, academics discussed the international community’s efforts to protect the world’s latest “war orphans,” Syrian students and professors.

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Al Quds University Under Fire

Rasha Faek, Sarah Lynch | 06 Oct 2013

A recent conflict at Al Quds University is part of a pattern of discrimination that prevents many Palestinians from pursuing their education, say Palestinian academics.

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Two Canadian Academics Freed From Egyptian Prison

Sarah Lynch | 06 Oct 2013

Two Canadian academics who were detained for seven weeks have been released from an Egyptian prison but are still trapped in the country.

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Canadian Academics’ Letter Smuggled Out of Egypt Prison

Sarah Lynch | 02 Oct 2013

A letter written by the two Canadian academics imprisoned in Egypt details the conditions they and other prisoners live in.

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Canadian Academics Held in Egypt Declare Hunger Strike

Daria Solovieva | 18 Sep 2013

Two Canadian professors arrested in Cairo have began a hunger strike to protest their detention without charges.

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Egypt Poised to Give Guards at Public Universities More Power

Mohamed Mahmoud, Sarah Lynch | 11 Sep 2013

The military-backed interim government wants to give guards on campuses the power to investigate allegations and turn evidence over to public prosecutors. Many fear the measure could cramp political and academic freedom.

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Universities Caught in Tunisia’s Political Crisis

Fatma Shim | 03 Sep 2013

With the academic year soon to begin, university leaders are urging nonviolence as the country tries to find a way forward.

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Two Canadian Academics Swept up in Egypt’s Security Crackdown

Daria Solovieva | 29 Aug 2013

A Canadian professor of emergency medicine and a filmmaker pursuing a doctorate asked Egyptian police for directions. Instead, they got arrested.

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Revival of Iraqi Violence Also Targets Academics

Cathy Otten | 08 Jul 2013

A car bombing killed a professor at the University of Baghdad’s medical school and renewed fears that more Iraqi scholars will come under attack.

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Don’t Tell Immigration You are Studying Islam

| 27 Jun 2013

A scholar studying Muslim-Christian relations had an unsettling experience as he returned home from his studies.




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