Free to Think 2022 – A Global Report on Academic Freedom

Posted November 29, 2022

On November 8, 2022, Scholars at Risk released Free to Think 2022, a report analyzing 391 attacks in 65 countries and territories, between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. The report underscores the pervasive and urgent problem of attacks on higher education and urges governments, the academic community, and civil society to protect at-risk scholars and students and defend academic freedom.

Read the full report online here and read selected press coverage of the report below:

Cries for help from at-risk students and academics reach record levels
Helen Packer, The PIE News

‘Free to Think 2022’: Another Year of ‘Ruinous Attacks’ on Higher Education
Gilgamesh Nabeel, Al-Fanar Media

Armed conflict and political upheaval ‘disastrous’ for HE
Paul Rigg, University World News

Academic freedom remains under threat in Africa – report
Wachira Kigotho, University World News

Mexico collapses in academic freedom [SPANISH]
Manuel Lino, Eje Central

Better reporting of attacks on higher education needed
Brendan O’Malley, University World News

Scholars and students often attacked by own authorities
Shadi Khan Saif, University World News

391 attacks on universities around the world in one year [NORWEGIAN]
Martin Toft, Uniforum

Armed Conflicts, Political Crises, and the Rise of Authoritarian Regimes Pose a Significant Threat to Academic Freedom
Freie Universität Berlin


For questions about the report, please write to SAR’s Advocacy Assistant, Ayodele Abinusawa at

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