Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression
/ 26.06.2020 /
On 4th June, Angewandte Chemie has published an opinion paper “Organic synthesis—Where now?” is thirty years old. A reflection on the current state of affairs by Brock University professor Tomáš Hudlický, which generated a storm of criticism. The journal quickly removed the paper from its website and replaced it by „An Open Letter to Our Community“. The paper cannot be tracked by its digital object identification (DOI) anymore. The university published “An open letter to the Brock community“ on its website. (Our member Jan Konvalinka, the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, responded by writing the letter to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University.)
The circumstances of the retraction have lead 45 members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic to publish this statement:
The undersigned members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support in the strongest sense the freedom of expression. We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed. We are concerned by the fact that professor Hudlicky accepted paper disappeared from the scientific literature and that he is apparently threatened by further administrative actions. Attack on academic freedom is attack on all of us.