As TEU prepares for our TEU Academic Freedom Conference 2021, the case of three public health experts who were victims of defamatory online attacks made by a PR consultant has once again highlighted the importance of ensuring academic freedom in Aotearoa.

Academics from Te Whare Wānanga o Otago | University of Otago and Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau | University of Auckland, including a TEU member, were victims of defamatory online attacks alleged to have been funded by money from Big Sugar and Big Tobacco in an attempt to silence and discredit the public health experts. The case highlights the need for a robust conversation on the protection of academic freedom in Aotearoa.

On 16 and 17 June 2021, TEU will be hosting the Academic Freedom Conference 2021, with a call for papers soon to open.

The conference will provide a platform to critique the current state of academic freedom and the critic and conscience function afforded to all public tertiary education institutions, and to develop actions that will ensure academic freedom is preserved and enhanced.

Keep an eye out for registration forms for this important conference by following TEU or https://www.facebook.com/academicfreedomnz