The American Historical Association has issued a statement supporting Professor William Cronon against Wisconsin politicians who are seeking access to his e-mails. For those readers not familiar with this case, see my previous postings about this abuse of freedom-of-information laws. This FOIA request seems to be intended to intimidate an individual professor who commented on policy issues and current events in a blog and an op-ed on the basis of his expertise. I am glad to see that the AHA is backing professors’ academic freedom and hope that other educational and research organizations will do so as well.
See the AHA statement here.
Support for William Cronon continues to pour in from academic, research, and educational institutions from across the United States. The American Association of University Professors has issued a statement urging the University of Wisconsin at Madison not to comply with this open records law request.