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By the numbers / Reported attacks on academic freedom, 2014-2023

By the numbers / Reported attacks on academic freedom, 2014-2023

  • Scholars and students have faced increased attacks on their academic freedom and the autonomy of the institutions where they work. 
  • Attacks include killings, disappearances, violence, imprisonment, prosecution, loss of position, and travel restrictions.
  • Four documented incidents in Canada include the recent hate-motivated stabbing at the University of Waterloo. 

Note: Scholars at Risk has published a series of annual reports of documented attacks on higher education communities in an average of 54 countries since 2015.


Source: Scholars at Risk. (2023) Free to Think. Academic Freedom Monitoring Project.

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