Universidad de Columbia defiende la libertad de expresión

El Decano de la Escuela de Asuntos Públicos e Internacionales de la Universidad de Columbia, John H. Coatsworth, envió a los alumnos de esta escuela una carta pública estimulándolos a que lean, discutan y debatan este caso. Lo hizo aun cuando él piensa que el asunto no ayuda a los intereses de Estados Unidos y que su fin último era el de acariciar el ego de Assange. El decano hace esto porque piensa que el espíritu de esa escuela (SIPA) no puede atentar contra los principios de libertad de prensa y libertad de expresión, que son las bases de todo funcionario público que se aprecie. La carta tiene fecha 6 de diciembre de 2010. La publico abajo íntegra:

“Last Tuesday, SIPA’s Office of Career Services received a call from a former student currently employed by the U.S. Department of State who pointed out that the U.S. government documents released during the past few months through WikiLeaks are still considered classified. The caller suggested that students who will be applying for federal jobs that require background checks avoid posting links to these documents or making comments about them on social media sites such as Facebook or through Twitter.

OCS emailed this cautionary suggestion to students, as it has done many times with other information that could be helpful in seeking employment after graduation. We know that many students today share a great deal about their lives online and that employers may use that information when evaluating their candidacy. Subsequent news stories have indicated that the Department of State has issued guidelines for its own employees, but has not issued any guidelines for prospective employees.

Freedom of information and expression is a core value of our institution. Thus, SIPA’s position is that students have a right to discuss and debate any information in the public arena that they deem relevant to their studies or to their roles as global citizens, and to do so without fear of adverse consequences. The WikiLeaks documents are accessible to SIPA students (and everyone else) from a wide variety of respected sources, as are multiple means of discussion and debate both in and outside of the classroom.

Should the U.S. Department of State issue any guidelines relating to the WikiLeaks documents for prospective employees, SIPA will make them available immediately.

John H. Coatsworth

Fue tomada de este sitio: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/12/columbia-wikileaks-policy/



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