Harvard Newspaper Removes Article Criticizing Thai Elite After Threats to Author

(Prachatai English)

BANGKOK — The Harvard Crimson on Wednesday removed an article about pro-coup Thai elite trying to influence a Thai Studies program at Harvard due to the “personal safety of its author.” 

Written by Ilya Garger, the article “Troubles with Thai Studies” raised concerns that allowing pro-coup Thai elite to influence the establishment of a permanent Thai Studies program at Harvard could lead to compromised academic freedom. 

“Having overthrown a series of elected governments and facing growing criticism from cold-war allies, the conservative establishment is working hard to rebuild its legitimacy abroad, and setting up a program at Harvard would be an important victory,” wrote Garger, a former reporter for Time magazine, and a member of the Harvard Club of Thailand’s executive committee.  Read more here

 

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