Juliette Kayyem on Boston College’s Belfast Project

BC Case Throws Cold Water on IRA, Academia
The Boston Globe
July 12, 2012
Op-ed by: Juliette Kayyem, lecturer in public policy with the Belfer Center and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Boston College’s Belfast Project

“The First Circuit appeals court ruled last week against a First Amendment claim that academic institutions should be able to shield information obtained through oral-history projects. The decision has engendered considerable concern about the future of academic freedom. Historians, sociologists, and free-speech advocates fear that if prosecutors have the power to subpoena important information unearthed by academics about the inner workings of terrorist or criminal groups, former terrorists and criminals will stop talking to academics. This will deprive the public of insights into how these groups function.”

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