Freedom of Speech Takes Another Whack in Israel

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Following a series of high-profile disputes over the political views expressed by its faculty members, Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba has amended its code of ethics to ban professors from expressing their personal politics in class or using the name of the university when engaging in political activity off campus, unless it is regarding the university itself, reports YNet News. “While airing political or religious opinions in public, as distinguished from specific professional opinions, faculty members will not make any use of the name of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,” says the new code.

So keep your views to yourself.  Especially if they conflict with official State policy.  Nothing says democracy like clamping down on Faculty.

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5 thoughts on “Freedom of Speech Takes Another Whack in Israel

  1. Mark Stevens 13 Jan 2011 at 6:49 am

    Careful, you might get flooded out!

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    • Jim 13 Jan 2011 at 7:06 am

      or worse

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  2. Chuck Grantham 13 Jan 2011 at 9:34 am

    The birds! Think of the birds!!

    “We value freedom of speech. So shut up.” The old refrain never dies.

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