Introduction — Academic Freedom in Africa: Between Local Powers and International Donors
This issue re-addresses a recurring but indeed an important theme, that of academic freedom, in Africa. In most African countries, the traditional threats to the exercise of academic freedom, the political authorities who fear the relentless pursuit of truth, inherent in any scientific research activity still remain, even as new local and international ones emerge. Unwittingly or not, scientists can necessarily, with their discoveries, inventions or innovations, challenge dominant socio-political discourses, or even holders of knowledge or obsolescent technology. This is why scientists, as stated by UNESCO, ‘should be able to fulfill their functions without any discrimination whatsoever and without fear of restrictive or repressive measures by the state or any other source’.
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