AUT joins fight for academic freedom

April 10, 1998

Lecturers will be asked to pledge their support for University of Central England vice-chancellor Peter Knight, who refuses to destroy a library book said to contravene the Obscene Publications Act. The executive of the Association of University Teachers will put a motion before members at its May council defending Dr Knight's decision to preserve a book by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

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