Wednesday, April 14, 2021

A professor is under investigation for criticizing the Chinese government. Defend his rights with two clicks.

SAN DIEGO, Calif., April 13, 2021  — Almost a month after launching a preliminary investigation into law professor Tom Smith’s online comments criticizing the Chinese government, the University of San Diego School of Law is doubling down on its violation of Smith’s expressive rights. In defiance of free speech advocacy efforts by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and others, the law school has now passed the investigation to the university for an official review.

“We have an oppressive institution cracking down on dissent by investigating a professor for criticizing an oppressive government cracking down on dissent,” said Sabrina Conza, FIRE program analyst. “USD’s unconscionable treatment of Smith is a delight for fans of irony and censorship alike.”

via www.thefire.org

Me! In the news! Sort of!

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Comments

This is good news. The university will see the light and apoloogize.

Posted by: Greg | Apr 14, 2021 12:00:13 PM

Cheer up, Mr Smith. Hitler or Stalin would just have had you shot.

Posted by: dearieme | Apr 14, 2021 2:55:18 PM

Thomas, I am appalled at the University of San Diego's response to your blog post. I stand by your right to free speech. You are in good hands with the folks at FIRE. I was in a similar predicament last summer with Stockton University in NJ (https://www.thefire.org/victory-stockton-clears-student-investigated-after-using-zoom-background-of-trump-posting-political-facebook-status/). FIRE was instrumental in getting the university to drop all their overblown charges. I am rooting for you. Good luck!

Posted by: Bob Dailyda | Apr 15, 2021 9:39:18 AM

Is there any way you can sue the buggers, Smiddy? I'd love to see them having to hand you a great heap of moolah. Ideally not just university moolah but a fair bit from their own pockets too. It might make the next fascistic Dean think twice.

Posted by: dearieme | Apr 15, 2021 2:55:45 PM

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