Speak out at your peril: Self-censorship and the smothering of academia

Unthinkable: Commercial interests and social-media outrage are curtailing free speech

TCD academic Dr Roja Fazaeli says when researchers are penalised for highlighting issues it signals ‘there are doctrinal lines of inquiry that are to be crossed at a researcher’s own peril’. Photograph: Laura Hutton

TCD academic Dr Roja Fazaeli says when researchers are penalised for highlighting issues it signals ‘there are doctrinal lines of inquiry that are to be crossed at a researcher’s own peril’. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Two years ago, students at Oxford University petitioned campus authorities to sack a Catholic professor because of his views on homosexuality.

Last year, a physicist at Michigan State University was forced out of his administrative role because he publicly defended the right to research whether or not there were differences in intelligence between races.

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