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Learned societies join North Korea debate

The British Academy and the Royal Society are the latest to raise concerns over the security of academics abroad, following the BBC’s undercover filming in North Korea during a London School of Economics and Political Science study trip.

A joint statement issued by the presidents of the two organisations, Adam Roberts and Paul Nurse, said that the making of the BBC’s North Korea Undercover programme “raises serious issues about the credibility and security of UK academics working overseas when in highly sensitive circumstances”.

They said that the ability of academics to study and carry out research around the world is “hugely dependent on trust and respect for their integrity, and it is vital that this trust is not undermined”.

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