The International Studies Association, the world's largest association of scholars in the field, once again affirms the principle of academic freedom and its implications for the autonomy of academic institutions. This principle must be protected against government interference with research, teaching and the management of academic institutions.
In this context, the ISA is concerned that the recent adoption of Singapore's Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act could result in the suppression of academic freedom. As such, we encourage the Singapore government to continue to support its fine institutions of higher education and continue to allow their faculty to conduct their research and teaching under the principles of academic freedom.
ISA has many members in Singapore and throughout Asia and we consider it our duty to join other concerned professional bodies in monitoring the implementation of this law.
For further information about ISA's deliberative processes on academic freedom concerns and the committee's charge from the Governing Council, please see: http://www.isanet.org/ISA/Governance/Committees/Academic-Freedom.
Cameron Thies, ISA President
Mark A. Boyer, ISA Executive Director
Kristian Gleditsch, Chair, ISA Academic Freedom Committee