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Vol 38 No 14

Published 4th July 1997


Tunisia

Academic freedoms

Academic papers to be delivered to conferences in Tunisia must now be vetted by the Higher Education Ministry. The move follows a conference on financing when a foreign speaker said claims of corruption in high places were fuelling negative perceptions of Tunisian risk. Dissident academics regularly fall foul of the authorities, which can mean visits to the ever active examining magistrates, police surveillance and loss of travelling rights. Tunis counters criticism by measures such as appointing respected academic Abdelbaki Hermassi as Culture Minister.

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