IS ACADEMIC FREEDOM UNDER THREAT? THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHOULD TAKE NOTE

The appearance of accused persons in court in relation to research and
data collection raises questions regarding Academic freedom.
Multinational and multi disciplinary research initiatives are the only
avenues to promote knowledge production in our sub-region. The University of The Gambia is an emerging institution whose
administrators, lecturers and students need exposure. This is
inconceivable without developing partnerships with established
research institutions and foundations.
Research is the foundation for knowledge production. No nation could
survive without thinkers. No thinkers could deliver without academic
freedom. Section 25 of the Constitution states that, “Every person
shall have the right to freedom of thought ………..which shall
include academic freedom”
We hope that the authorities would give relevance to the existence of
ECOWAS and the importance of multinational collaborations in all
endeavours. In some cases justice is best served by withdrawing
charges against people who have no intention to violate the Laws of a
country.