Communication professor Phil Howard wrote an op-ed piece about Singaporean writer and academic Cherian George, who was recently fired by his university for teaching his students about media freedoms and investigative journalism. Known for criticizing the country’s censorship strategies, according to Howard, George paid a price for holding conferences for bloggers, etc. However, he has many supporters backing his efforts (sign this petition to become one) and surely stands for what he believes.
In a comment on the petition, Nur Asyiqin from Singapore writes, “Cherian doesn’t just teach – he motivates. Sharp, patient and entertaining, I’ve learned a lot from him during GO-FAR and FYP. He never second-guesses your ability, just encourages you, certain you can do better. That sort of faith is hard to find in professors these days. He believes in his students, and we believe in him too. #georgefortenure”