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African affairs journal decision ‘threatens academic freedom’

More than 200 researchers have signed a letter criticising the French Development Agency (AFD) after it indefinitely delayed publication of a special edition of the journal Afrique Contemporaine on unrest in Mali.

In the letter, published in the newspaper Le Monde on 27 March, the researchers said that the AFD’s decision amounted to “political interference” over the editorial process—something that the AFD, which publishes Afrique Contemporaine, has denied.

According to the researchers, the AFD’s decision had “brought academic freedom of expression on sensitive topics into question; in particular in Mali, where the French army has been massively engaged since 2013”.

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