12 Feb '12, 6pm

Free speech and academic freedom

Free speech and academic freedom

In a recent interview for a Norwegian magazine (Teknisk Ukeblad, 0412 ), the IPCC chair Rajendra Kumar Pachauri told the journalist that he had received death threats in connection with his role as a head for the IPCC. There have also been recent reports of threats and harrasment of climate scientists for their stance on climate change (Kerry Emanuel . Katherine Hayhoe , Australian climate scientists , Phil Jones , Barton campaign , and Inhofer’s black list ). These incidents appear as an unpleasant deja vu from my past, smacking of attempts to suppress the freedom of speech. They remind me of the days when I did my national service as a border patrol at the Soviet-Norwegian border in 1988-1989 (Norway and Russia – then Soviet – share a 196 km long common border in the high north), where we stood up for our freedom and democracy. Freedom of speech was tacitly implied as on...

Full article: http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2012/02/fre...

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