China Dissident: NYU Caved to Beijing, Forcing Me Out
University denies pressure behind end of Chen fellowship
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng at the start of the Oslo Freedom Forum last month.   (AP Photo/Berit Roald, NTB scanpix)

(Newser) – A prominent Chinese dissident is blaming pressure from Beijing for the end of his fellowship at New York University. "The work of the Chinese Communists within academic circles in the United States is far greater than what people imagine, and some scholars have no option but to hold themselves back," says Chen Guangcheng, who fled house arrest in China for the US Embassy last year. "Academic independence and academic freedom in the United States are being greatly threatened by a totalitarian regime."

NYU—which recently opened a campus in Shanghai—says it is "puzzled and saddened" by Chen's claims, noting that the fellowship was only ever meant to be for one year, the New York Times reports. Chen's remarks contain "speculations about the role of the Chinese government in NYU’s decision-making that are both false and contradicted by the well-established facts," a university spokesman says, adding that NYU will continue to help Chen and his family.

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Jun 17, 2013 11:12 AM CDT
Chen,your fifteen minutes of fame are up.
Jun 17, 2013 8:10 AM CDT
Often those who claim to be scientists are really psychologists looking for any notoriety so they can break into cable and compete with junk scientists like Dr. Phil. But at least it gets them off the streets. Did you ever ask yourself what your reaction would be if you auto mechanic said "for $175 a week we will discuss the problem, possibly for decades, with no guarantee it will help, but I recommend it"? No, there is not a difference.
Jun 17, 2013 5:31 AM CDT
This is Police State America. You want to be free(er) - go back to China.