It is hard to see how the extensive suspensions and purges within institutions of higher learning and research, public and private, throughout the school system, didn’t have a substantial basis in Friday’s attempted military coup. Now, when over 1 500 deans have been suddenly suspended from their positions and when academics have been blocked from travelling abroad and those living abroad are recalled, it is not unreasonable to assume that this has some direct, causal connection with the coup attempt. On the contrary, it is hard to believe that this is not a direct attack on academic freedom, and freedom of thought and expression. This is particularly alarming. In times of political turmoil it is even more important to protect these freedoms – of opinions, of expression, of ideas and of research. All of these promote an open and democratic society.

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