Politics and profit: scholars at risk
The end of the Cold War and the transition to democracy in many developing nations were expected to give a fresh boost to academic freedom. But everywhere, scolars are running up against multiple pressures. In some places, they risk prison or death if they are too outspoken. In the rich world, and even more acutely in the South, cutbacks in public funding are forcing universities to secure corporate funds, a trend that can provoke blatant conflicts of interest.