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Lois McLatchie: Today, it’s pro-life students whose free speech is compromised. Tomorrow, it may be you.

Lois McLatchie is a legal analyst for ADF International, a faith-based legal advocacy organisation in Geneva.

Academic freedom means the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true.

So said Albert Einstein. But it’s unlikely he’d find many friends in the universities of today. According to a recent poll published by human rights organization ADF International (UK), two in five students across the UK self-censor on campus because they’re afraid of how their lecturers will view them. Half stay quiet in fear of judgement from their peers. Over a third confess that they hide their opinions in case of hurting their career prospects. Woe betide those who think outside the box. Einstein’s truth-searchers are out in the cold.

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