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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 Human Rights

Education: The Only Weapon Left

Asma' Jawabreh | 24 Oct 2015

In her last year in university, Asma’ Jawabreh writes about the difficulties she faces as the Israel-Palestine conflict flares up again.

Academic Freedom Faculty Human Rights

An Academic’s Hunger Strike for Freedom of Speech

Ursula Lindsey | 19 Oct 2015

A Moroccan intellectual has stopped eating, saying the government has blocked him from leaving the country.

Academic Freedom Faculty Human Rights

Academic Freedom is Not Just a Generic Human Right

Mohamed Abdel Salam | 18 Aug 2015

Academic freedom is different from university independence, and more than just a basic human right. The distinctions are important, argues the author.

Academic Freedom Conflict Students Terrorism

The Egyptian Minister of Higher Education Gives His Views

Elsayed Ahmed Abdelkhalek | 14 Jul 2015

The Egyptian minister of higher education writes about the improvements in the universities there and the stability that has been achieved.

Academic Freedom Conflict Faculty Students

The Institutionalization of Academic Freedom Violations in Egypt

Ahmed Abd Rabou | 03 Jul 2015

The most recent academic year in Egypt may have seemed quiet. But a silent violence was taking place that destroyed academic freedom, says a lecturer.

Academic Freedom Data & Surveys Technology & Online Learning

Academic Freedom Under Pressure, Report Finds

Benjamin Plackett | 23 Jun 2015

A new study by NYU’s Scholars At Risk organization shows the pervasive global pressure on academic freedom.

Academic Freedom Critical Thinking Journalism Politics Profiles

A Conversation with Hanan Badr: Journalism’s Future in Egypt

Benjamin Plackett | 27 May 2015

A journalism professor at Cairo University discusses the profession’s outlook in the North African nation.

Academic Freedom Faculty Politics

Prominent Egyptian Scholar Sentenced to Death in Absentia

Benjamin Plackett, Sarah Lynch | 17 May 2015

Emad Shahin says “draconian injustice” prevails as he and over 100 others face capital punishment in Egypt.

Academic Freedom Data & Surveys Human Rights Politics

Report Finds Mistreatment of Workers Building NYU Abu Dhabi Campus

Rasha Faek | 21 Apr 2015

An investigation found abuses of some workers employed by subcontractors at New York University’s campus in Abu Dhabi.

Academic Freedom Faculty Terrorism

Should Terrorists Be Professors? A Kuwaiti Debate

Aisha Elgayar | 31 Mar 2015

Some professors working at Kuwait University are listed internationally as terrorists but continue to teach, sparking controversy.




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