Academic freedom is paramount for universities. They can do more to protect it from China’s interference

Tue, 6 Jul 2021 04:48:48 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"A report from Human Rights Watch released yesterday found students and
academics critical of China’s Communist Party are being harassed and
intimidated by supporters of Beijing.

Human Rights Watch interviewed 24 pro-democracy students from mainland China
and Hong Kong, and 22 academics at Australian universities. In three verified
cases, families of students in Australia who lived in China were visited or
were requested to meet with police about the student’s activities in Australia.

The report also said Australian universities had failed to protect the academic
freedom of students from China, and academics.

As a result, the report said students from China and academics researching
China had been self-censoring “to avoid threats, harassment, and surveillance”.
This frequent self-censorship threatened academic freedom.

Freedom of speech and academic freedom are paramount values for Australian
universities. To protect these values, universities must do more to ensure the
safety and well-being of students and employees."

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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