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Date of Incident: February 12, 2011

Attack Types: Loss of Position | Other

Institution(s):University of Malawi

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Malawi

New or Ongoing:New Incident

In January 2011, Dr. Blessings Chinsinga, a political science lecturer at the University of Malawi, was interrogated by police and dismissed from his position after allegedly drawing parallels during a lecture between problems in Malawi and the political unrest in Egypt and Tunisia. Following his dismissal the faculty went on strike, accusing the government of attempting to stifle academic freedom.  In April 2011 the university was closed down by the authorities. In October 2011 Dr. Chinsinga was reinstated in his position and in January 2012 the university re-opened. In April 2012, the police official who had summoned Dr. Chinsinga for questioning was discharged.
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