Planned closure of the Institute of Commonwealth Studiescja-association September 24, 2019 0 COMMENTS
The Commonwealth Journalists Association deplores the planned closure of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London.
We share the values of the Institute in its promotion of civic society organisations, academic excellence, free speech and democratic development in Commonwealth countries. A free media is at the core of those values, and the CJA has been proud to collaborate with the Institute in providing the public space for discussion in seminars and conferences.
The Institute has gained much international respect over decades with its contribution to nation-building throughout the Commonwealth, and we believe the silencing of its voice can only diminish the task of international development.
This threat to the Institute comes at a time when international understanding and co-operation is needed more than ever, not least in the UK where the country seeks new partners after leaving the European Union. We strongly urge the University of London to reconsider its decision to end a most distinguished and fruitful relationship.
See here details of some of the work done by the ICWS in the cause of media freedom: