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Clearinghouse for Public Statements

The IAMCR Executive Board, with the approval of the International Council, established a Clearinghouse for Public Statements in July 2015. The Clearinghouse mission is to help with responding to and making public statements. Statements will be guided by, and restricted to, the IAMCR remit; they will focus on media/communication issues and reflect IAMCR's critical position.

See the text What the Clearinghouse for Public Statements Does and the Clearinghouse's Working Procedures.

Any current member in good standing of IAMCR may request the Clearinghouse to consider whether a public statement should be made by endorsing a statement of others or by distributing a statement of its own.

Requests should be sent to clearinghouse [at] iamcr.org. Please read the text What the Clearinghouse for Public Statements Does and the Clearinghouse's Working Procedures before making a request. Questions and clarifications about what the Clearinghouse does should be sent to clearinghouse [at] iamcr.org.

The Clearinghouse is chaired by Robin Mansell, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and its members are Eno Akpabio, University of Namibia (Namibia), Andrew Calabrese, University of Colorado (US), Flor Enghel, Malmö University (Sweden/Argentina), Divina Frau-Meigs, Université Sorbonne, Nouvelle (France), Rodrigo Gomez, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana–Cuajimalpa (Mexico), Sheena Johnson-Brown, University of Technology, (Jamaica), Gholam Khiabany, Goldsmiths, University of London (UK), Maria Elena Meneses, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), Graham Murdock, Loughborough University (UK)/University of Auckland (NZ), Hillel Nossek, College of Management - Academic Studies (COMAS) (Israel), Vinod Pavarala, University of Hyderabad (India), Sandra Ristovska, University of Pennsylvania (US/Macedonia).

1. Role of the Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse processes statements and/or manages the process of signing statements generated by others when they are principally concerned with issues relating to media/communications and where IAMCR members have substantive scientific expertise that provides a basis for seeking to influence discursive or material practice.
An indicative list of issues includes:
Addressing issues
Statements can originate from the Clearinghouse, from IAMCR entities (Executive Board, International Council, Committees, Task Forces, Sections, or Working Groups), and from individual members. Anyone requesting consideration of a statement must be a paid-up member of IAMCR.
On receipt of a request to endorse or distribute a statement, the Clearinghouse Chair will assess whether an issue should be discussed –
An update has been made to the IAMCR statement on Catalonia published on 5 October. The update clarifes the scope of IAMCR statements and the role of the Clearinghouse on Public Statements.
As the new academic year begins for many, we are reminded of the 5,717 academics from 117 universities in Turkey who have been fired since July 2016. Only 140 of them have been reinstated in their jobs.
2 April, 2017 - IAMCR sent a letter today to Hungary’s Minister of Human Capacities, Mr. Zoltán Balog, to protest proposed legislative changes that could change the status of Central European University (CEU), forcing it to close and endangering the academic freedom that enables all universities, including those in Hungary, to flourish.
28 Feb, 2017 - IAMCR today published a statement condemning continuing attacks on academic, journalistic and artistic freedoms in Turkey. The statement follows the firing of 330 academics in February 2017, bringing the total number of academics fired over the past 8 months to 7,316. The complete text of the statement follows.
IAMCR stands in solidarity with all those calling for United States President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration to be rescinded. Banning entry to the United States by citizens of named countries, currently Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, for 90 days, suspending the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, and proposals aimed at preparing the ground for ‘extreme vetting’, are unfair discriminatory measures. They entail racial and religious intolerance, result in damage to the lives of individuals and families, and represent a threat to the foundations of democracy. As an academic association with world-wide membership, IAMCR condemns this Order
24 January, 2016 - IAMCR's Committee for the Improvement of Academic Life today released a statement of support for Turkish academics who have been arrested and harrassed after signing a petition critical of government and military activities in Turkey's Kurdish region.
IAMCR submitted recommendations on the draft outcome document to be finalized during the United Nations meeting on the 10th anniversary of the World Summit on the Information Society high level meeting in New York 15-16 December 2015.
On 7 September 2015 IAMCR issued a public statement on the future of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The statement was agreed by the IAMCR Clearinghouse on Public Statements and issued by IAMCR’s President.

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