British academic publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP), which bowed to pressure from Beijing to block online access to hundreds of scholarly articles in China, reversed its position and reposted the material on Monday, following an outcry over academic freedom, Reuters reports. CUP said late last week it had removed some 300 papers and book reviews published in the China Quarterly journal from its website in China following a request from the Chinese government. It said it had blocked the articles, which covered topics including the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests, the 1960s Cultural Revolution and Tibet, in order to keep its other academic and educational materials available in the country. The move sparked an outcry on all sides, with academics attacking the decision as an affront to academic freedom, while the state-run Global Times tabloid said publishers could leave the country if they did not like the “Chinese way.”
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