Political Scientists Are Targets in Egypt’s Crackdown on Islamists

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Emad Shahin, professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, The American University in Cairo

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Emad Shahin, professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, The American University in Cairo

The indictment of a well-known Egyptian professor on charges of espionage has sparked new concerns about academic freedom here. The military-backed government is carrying out a widespread crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that until last year governed the country and that has been accused of terrorism. Some local and foreign political scientists say they cannot speak freely for fear of being accused of supporting the Brotherhood.

That is what Emad el-Din Shahin,