DK Calls on Academics to Boycott Day of Science for Banning Lectures
The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) is calling on academics not to deliver their planned lectures on the Day of Hungarian Science on Nov. 3 in protest against a recent move by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) to ban lectures, deputy group leader Gergely Arató said.
In a letter cited by the press, MTA banned two lectures scheduled for the event: one on gender issues, and another one because of its political aspects.
MTA’s decision to openly ban lectures for political reasons violates freedom of expression and academic freedom, and indicates that after nearly thirty years of freedom “Hungary is returning to dictatorial rule,” he said.
“Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s regime does not hold back from stifling opinions he doesn’t like,” Arató said. “Hungarians have every reason to expect the MTA General Assembly to adopt a position on the affair and take a stand for academic freedom,” he added.