June 10, 2010

On behalf of academics throughout the world, we the undersigned hereby strongly protest the continued unfair treatment and the threats made against Dr. Oleg Manaev, Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Belarusian State University.

A well-respected scholar in the international academic community, Dr. Manaev’s work is in the spirit of the worldwide democratic movement that puts emphasis on civil, human, and individual rights. We know, however, that it is precisely because of this that Dr. Manaev has been the victim of official persecution for many years.

Dr. Manaev’s long service to the Belarus State University and to the Republic of Belarus deserves respect and not censure, and we strongly urge both to recognize that academic freedom is sacrosanct in the civilized world.

We, the undersigned, find the plan to force our colleague, Dr. Manaev, to resign his faculty position or to be fired, because he remains true to universally recognized democratic and academic values, to be unconscionable, retrograde and unacceptable.

We, the undersigned, appeal to Academician Sergey Ablameyko, the Rector of the Belarus State University, to respect the academic freedom and the achievements of our colleague, Dr. Manaev, and ensure his continued employment. We call for the respect of academic freedom for all our colleagues in the Republic of Belarus.

We, the undersigned, appeal to President Alexander Lukashenko and his administration to cease pressuring the University to obtain Dr. Manaev’s resignation or to fire him.

We, the undersigned, embrace all of our Belarus colleagues in the spirit of solidarity and look forward to scholarly collaborations with them, but we can only do so if academic freedom is recognized for all.

1. Dr. Andrey Alekseev, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)
2. Dr. Paul Ashdown, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
3. Dr. Rem Barantsev, St.-Petersburg University (Russia)
4. Dr. Benjamin Bates, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
5. Dr. Ralph Beliveau, University of Oklahoma (U.S.A.)
6. Dr. Maria Belousova, Independent researcher (Russia, U.S.A.)
7. Dr. Robert Beveridge, Edinburgh Napier University (UK)
8. Ms. Lisl Biggs-Davison, Center for Research into Post-Communist Economies (UK)
9. Dr. Hans Bohrmann, University of Dortmund (Germany)
10. Dr. Jerome Bourdon, Tel Aviv University (Israel)
11. Dr. Udo Branahl, University of Dortmund (Germany)
12. Dr. Andrzej Brzeski, University of California Davis (U.S.A.)
13. Dr. Seffen Burkhardt, University of Hamburg (Germany)
14. Dr. Nico Carpentier, European Communication Research and Education Association (Belgium)
15. Dr. Edward Caudill, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
16. Dr. Mihai Coman, University of Bucharest (Romania)
17. Dr. Farrel Corcoran, Dublin City University (Ireland)
18. Dr. Peter Dahlgren, Lund University (Sweden)
19. Dr. Henri-Jose Deulofeu, Universite Aix-Marseille I (France)
20. Dr. Sumedha Dhani, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak (India)
21. Dr. Ainars Dimants, School of Business Administration, Turiba (Latvia)
22. Dr. Vilaly Dmitrieyvski, State Institute of Art (Russia)
23. Dr. Boris Doktorov, Independent Analyst (U.S.A.)
24. Dr. John D.H. Downing, Southern Illinois University (U.S.A.)
25. Dr. Boris Dubin, Levada-Center (Russia)
26. Dr. Claus Eurich, University of Dortmund (Germany)
27. Dr. Susanne Fengler, University of Dortmund (Germany)
28. Dr. Riadh Ferjani, University of Tunis – Manouba (Tunis)
29. Dr. Boris Firsov, Honorable Rector, European University, St. Petersburg (Russia)
30. Dr. Peter Gade, University of Oklahoma (U.S.A.)
31. Dr. Valentin Gefter, Intitute for Human Rights (Russia)
32. Dr. Tomasz Goban-Klas, Jagiellonian University (Poland)
33. Dr. Anna Gotlib, Samara State University (Russia)
34. Dr. Peter Gross, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
35. Dr. Oliver Hahn, University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
36. Dr. Daniele C. Hallin, University of California (U.S.A.)
37. Dr. Phillip Hanson, Royal Institute of International Affairs-Chatham House (UK)
38. Mr. Miklos Haraszti, (former) Office of Security and Cooperation in Europe Representative on Freedom of the Media (Hungary)
39. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink, Hans Bredow Institute, Hamburg (Germany)
40. Dr. Michitaka Hattori, Institute for Russian & NIS Economic Studies (Japan)
41. Dr. Francois Heinderyckx, European Communication Research and Education Association (Belgium)
42. Dr. Jurgen Heinrich, University of Dortmund (Germany)
43. Dr. Elizabeth Hendrickson, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
44. Dr. John Hochheimer, Southern Illinois University (U.S.A.)
45. Dr. Svennik Hoyer, University of Oslo (Norway)
46. Dr. Pertti Hurme, University of Jyvaskyla (Finland)
47. Mr. Francois-Xavier Hutin, Ouest-France (France)
48. Dr. Vladimir Ilyin, St.-Petersburg State University (Russia)
49. Dr. Grigory Ioffe, Radford University (U.S.A.)
50. Dr. Per Jauert, Aarhus University (Denmark)
51. Dr. Karol Jakubowicz, (former) Chairman of the Intergovernmental Council of the Information for All Programme of UNESCO (Poland)
52. Dr. Josiane Jouet, Institute Francaise de Presse (France)
53. Dr. Antoni Kaminski, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
54. Dr. Richard Lance Keeble, University of Lincoln (UK)
55. Dr. Abdur Razzaque Khan, The University of Hong Kong (China)
56. Dr. Elizabeth Klaus, University of Salzburg (Austria)
57. Dr. Hans Kleinsteuber, University of Hamburg (Germany)
58. Dr. Beata Klimkiewicz, Jagiellonian University (Poland)
59. Dr. Igor Kon, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)
60. Dr. Gerd Kopper, University of Dortmund (Germany)
61. Dr. Vladimir Kostyushev, State University – Higher School of Economics (Russia)
62. Dr. Dean Kruckeberg, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (U.S.A)
63. Dr. Epp Lauk, University of Jyvaskyla (Finland)
64. Dr. Marju Lauristin, University of Tartu (Estonia)
65. Dr. Roman Lenchovski, Kiev International Institute of Sociology (Ukraine)
66. Dr. Mark Littmann, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
67. Dr. Julia Loennendonker, University of Dortmund (Germany)
68. Dr. Catherine Luther, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
69. Dr. Klaus Maier, University of Dortmund (Germany)
70. Dr. Robin Mansell, London School of Economics (UK)
71. Dr. Tristan Mattelart, University of Paris (France)
72. Dr. Richard Maxwell, Queens College – City University of New York (U.S.A.)
73. Dr. Natalia Mazlumyanova, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)
74. Dr. Gianpietro Mazzolini, Universita degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
75. Dr. Dennis McQuail, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
76. Dr. Eileen R. Meehan, Southern Illinois University (U.S.A.)
77. Dr. Bernard Miege, Universite Stendhal – Grenoble (France)
78. Dr. Sabina Mihelj, Loughborough University (UK)
79. Dr. Toril Moi, Duke University (U.S.A.)
80. Dr. Peter Molnar, Central European University (Hungary)
81. Dr. Barbara Moore, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
82. Dr. Inka Salovaara Moring, University of Helsinki (Finland)
83. Dr. Tom Moring, University of Helsinki (Finland)
84. Dr. Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Hertie School of Governance (Germany)
85. Dr. Yuly Nisnevich, State University – Higher School of Economics (Russia)
86. Dr. James Nixey, Royal Institute of International Affairs-Chatham House (UK)
87. Dr Andrzej Nowosad, Jagiellonian University (Poland)
88. Dr. Alexander Osipov, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)
89. Dr. Claudia Padovani, University of Padova (Italy)
90. Dr. David Paletz, Duke University (U.S.A.)
91. Mr. Gabriel M. Paletz, The Prague Film School (Czech Republic)
92. Dr. Michael Palmer, Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (France)
93. Dr. Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, University of Salzburg (Austria)
94. Dr. Anbarasan Perumal, Tezpur University (India)
95. Dr. Thomas Peterson, Institut fur Demoskopie Allensbach (Germany)
96. Dr. Horst Pottker, University of Dortmund (Germany)
97. Dr. Marc Raboy, McGill University (Canada)
98. Dr. Laura Ranca, Loughborough University (UK)
99. Dr. Kay Richardson, University of Liverpool (UK)
100. Dr. Alfred Sarno, University of Tampere (Finland)
101. Dr. Teresa Sasinska-Klas, Jagiellonian University (Poland)
102. Dr. Roland Schroeder, BiTS University of Applied Science (Germany)
103. Dr. Charles Self, University of Oklahoma (U.S.A.)
104. Dr. Hedwig de Smaele, Hogeschool – Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
105. Dr. Krassen Stanchev, Institute for Market Economics (Bulgaria)
106. Dr. Jessica Thern Smith, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
107. Dr. Colin Sparks, University of Westminster (UK)
108. Dr. Slavko Splichal, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
109. Dr. James Stovall, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
110. Dr. Miklos Sukosd, University of Hong Kong (China)
111. Dr. Jakob Svensson, Karlstad University (Sweden)
112. Dr. Marie Claude Taranger, Universite Aix-Marseille I (France)
113. Dr. Dwight Teeter, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
114. Dr. Alexander Tikhonov, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)
115. Dr. Josef Trappel, University of Salzburg (Austria)
116. Dr. Mohammad Sahid Ullah, Chittagong University (Bangladesh)
117. Dr. Peeter Vihalemm, University of Tartu (Estonia)
118. Dr. Katrin Voltmer, University of Leeds (UK)
119. Dr. Viktor Voronkov, The Centre for Independent Social Research (Russia)
120. Dr. Dwayne Winseck, Carleton University (Canada)
121. Dr. Michael O. Wirth, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
122. Dr. Chistropher Wohlwend, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
123. Dr. Holger Wormer, University of Dortmund (Germany)
124. Dr. Vladimir Yadov, (former) Director, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)
125. Dr. Elena Zdravomyslova, European University, St.-Petersburg (Russia)
126. Dr. Michael Fitzgerald, University of Tennessee (U.S.A.)
127. Dr. Algirdas Degutis, Institute of Culture, Philosophy and Art (Lithuania)
128. Dr. Andrew Irvine, Maryville College (U.S.A.)
129. Dr. Viktor Sheinis, Institute for World Economics and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)
130. Dr. Annabelle Sreberny President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (UK)

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