SAR in the Press

The following includes select interviews, articles, and op-eds by or about Scholars at Risk and its network.

Defending the Line on Academic Freedom
A piece by SAR Executive Director Robert Quinn for Modern Language Association (MLA) Profession. On 21 November 2018, Daniela Tejada, twenty-seven years old, watched, shocked, in an Abu Dhabi courtroom as her husband, Matthew Hedges, thirty-one years old and a

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What is academic freedom?
A piece by SAR Executive Director Robert Quinn for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Academic freedom is simple, complex, and essential. It must be protected. Academic freedom is a guarantor of quality. It is the freedom to carry out research,

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Hungarian government in spotlight over academic freedom
A piece by Ben Upton for Research Europe covering SAR’s UPR submission on Hungary. Scholars at Risk network calls for international pressure, but government defends policies and motives The international academic freedom network Scholars at Risk has called on the

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Researchers at risk need dedicated support
An article co-authored by SAR Europe Programme Manager Orla Duke for Research Europe. Attacks on scholars, students, staff and higher education institutions are occurring with alarming and growing frequency. Last November’s Free to Think 2020 report, published by Scholars at Risk (SAR),

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Military occupies Myanmar campuses
A piece by Joyce Lau for Times Higher Education covering SAR’s letter on Myanmar to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Scores of campuses in Myanmar have been occupied by troops, leaving classrooms empty of lecturers and students. The military,

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New threats to academic freedom emerge from pandemic
A piece by Brendan O’Malley for University World News covering the Academic Freedom Index, developed by SAR and partners. New threats to academic freedom globally have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to physically distanced

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Why university rankings must include academic freedom
A piece co-authored by SAR Executive Director Robert Quinn for University World News. Imagine you are a first-year student starting at one of the world’s top universities. Picture the lecture hall – as it was before the pandemic shifted classes

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