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Continued: China activist says NYU is forcing him to leave under Beijing's pressure; school denies that

  • Article by: GILLIAN WONG , Associated Press
  • Last update: June 17, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Bob Fu, a U.S.-based rights activist and one of Chen's key supporters, said U.S. academic institutions may shun outspoken Chinese dissidents on their own initiative due to growing economic interest in China. But, he said, in doing so they risk hurting their reputations as being havens for free speech that make them attractive to young Chinese who don't experience those and other freedoms at home.

"U.S. universities are out chasing the China dollar and are very reluctant to work with dissidents who have a strong voice in China," said Fu, president of the Texas-based rights group ChinaAid. "It does not always have to be direct pressure from Beijing, there is also self- censorship, particularly if a college President believes their China campus or the future enrollment of Chinese students will be sabotaged."

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