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CUP reverses decision to block access to journal articles in China

In the UK, Cambridge University Press (CUP) has reversed its decision to block access to hundreds of articles in its journal The China Quarterly in China after a ‘justifiably intense reaction’ from the international academic community, reports the Bookseller.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, CUP said it had blocked access to 300 articles on subjects such as the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Tibet, Hong Kong and the Cultural Revolution within China on the instruction of Chinese import agencies.

CUP has since confirmed it intends to ‘immediately repost’ the articles following criticism that it was putting its business interests ahead of its academic reputation. Over 600 academics signed a petition to say they would boycott the publisher if it did not change its mind on the issue.

In a statement, CUP said ‘academic freedom is the overriding principle on which the University of Cambridge is based’. ‘Therefore, while this temporary decision was taken in order to protect short-term access in China to the vast majority of the press’s journal articles, the university’s academic leadership and the press have agreed to reinstate the blocked content, with immediate effect, so as to uphold the principle of academic freedom on which the university’s work is founded.’

 

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