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New security law rattles Hong Kong universities

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Science  10 Jul 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6500, pp. 129
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6500.129

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A new security law imposed on Hong Kong has scholars concerned about academic autonomy and freedom of expression. Although the law states the quasi-autonomous region's traditions of free speech and assembly shall be respected, many worry protecting national security will take priority. Vague language in the law leaves wide latitude for authorities to implement it and courts to interpret it. But academics say those uncertainties could hinder recruitment of faculty and students and cast a shadow over international collaborations. More directly, there could be interference in publishing scientific results in fields ranging from economics to the environment that might potentially embarrass authorities as well as attempts to influence curricula.

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