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Scholar Says Pro-Democracy Activism Cost Him His Job at U. of Macau

[Updated (8/19/2014, 1:00 p.m.) to include a statement from the university.]

A professor at the University of Macau says he lost his job for speaking out in favor of increased democratization in the Chinese territory, The New York Times reported.

Bill Chou Kwok-ping, an associate professor of political science, says he was not told why his contract was not renewed, but he believes that the decision was related to his pro-democracy views. In June, the university suspended him without pay for 24 days over complaints that he had tried to impose his views on students.

In a written statement, the university denied that its actions were related to the professor’s activism. “These actions and decisions were in line with the relevant regulations and procedures and had nothing to do with Prof. Chou’s political activities, speeches, or views in the community,” the university said. “The University of Macau wishes to reiterate that it respects academic and speech freedom.”

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