While other occupational groups worldwide-doctors and journalists, for example-regularly protest the mistreatment of professional colleagues, academics as a group rarely even take note of high-handedness and violence directed by governments at those who teach and study on some of the world's campuses. It is a sordid story that doesn't make international headlines, in part because no organization yet exists solely to monitor abuses of academic freedom. All the more reason to welcome this report, which is presented with the chapter-and-verse detail characteristic of Africa Watch. The past and present performance of 14 African countries is examined and the political intrusions of governments into university life are catalogued, from the most maliciously arbitrary to the most viciously personal.
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