Professors get kicked out of UAE for what they wrote, said and/or taught

From Andrew Ross:

The ongoing crackdown on democracy advocates has claimed a total of 57 detainees so far. Most recently, a professor of communication at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi had his contract terminated suddenly and was asked to leave the country, apparently on account of his writings. His wife’s contract was also terminated in the same way.

Here is his home page: http://mattjduffy.com/

and here he lists the “top 18 things that may have gotten me [him] booted from the UAE”:

http://mattjduffy.com/2012/08/top-18-things-that-may-have-gotten-me-booted-from-the-uae/

Here is the blog that talks about his expulsion from UAE:

I’ve been kicked out of the United Arab Emirates
posted on August 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Over the summer my wife and I both received notices that our contracts had been terminated and our residency visas would be canceled. Our employers told us that the order came from “outside the organization” and with no further explanation. Without a residency visa or a job, my family and I have been forced to leave the United Arab Emirates.

So, I appear to have discovered the limit for the tolerance of academic discourse in the UAE.

During my two-year tenure, my colleagues and others constantly warned me that such a fate could await me. Still, I felt I had a duty as an academic and professor at Zayed University to speak and teach with minimal reservation about my area of expertise—journalism, international media law and communication ethics.

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