Courtesy of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS.org) below is a link to a story that appeared in The Boar--a student-run newspaper of the University of Warwick, alleging that some professors feel their controversial work is stifled because their universities fear social-media trolling.
Thank you, Margaret, for publishing the material from the AAUP newsletter and related comments.
The topic of academic freedom of speech has come up even more urgently in the past couple of years as the internet has both magnified the reach of classroom comments and made it easier for those who are outside institutions of higher education to participate, or interfere, in what used to be internal discussions. Recently, Academe, the newletter for the American Association of University Professors, dedicated an entire issue to "the state of the academic profession in a political climate that has exacerbated existing threats to higher education."
Our sister H-Net network, H-Asia, has a follow-up post by Elizabeth Redden sharing links to recent comments on censorship of academic work in China and on Chinese efforts to control scholarly communication about China overseas.
You can find the H-Asia post here:
It's a citation in a different journal of a previously published work, not an original statement by the author, and should not be removed.
Additionally, if the citation (and publication of the article) was published before any subsequent findings against the original published article, there has been no "bad action" by the author/article that made the citation.
Historical record and all that.
Times Higher Education has published a series of four opinion articles detailing particular instances of Chinese government influence on international academic publishing, including responses from publishers Springer Nature and Elsevier.
Our sister list, H-Asia, has also been discussing the CUP censorship issue. You can see the initial post (by Ryan Dunch) and comments at
with a follow-up link at
Ed. note: H-Asia already published a post from Maura Cunningham of AAS linking to this statement and summarizing the background. This post from Thomas Voorter of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS, Leiden, The Netherlands) is the full statement.
Current information about the case can be tracked through the Facebook page of the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies. RD