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Are New Zealand’s universities doing enough to define the limits of academic freedom?

By Matheson Russell, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Auckland
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The news last week that University of Auckland public health researcher Simon Thornley was retracting a co-authored paper about supposed vaccination risks during pregnancy raised deeper questions about the limits of academic freedom.

Thornley’s own head of department had called for the paper to be retracted due to “the anxiety it is creating for expectant parents and those planning to have a…The Conversation


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