For Immediate Release
Professor Sues University of Illinois Over Firing for “Uncivil” Gaza Tweets
Trustees, Chancellor, President, and Donors Targets of Suit
Chicago, IL - A professor who was fired from a tenured position at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign because of his tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s bombing of Gaza last year has filed a civil rights suit against the University and its top officials, saying that his firing violated his First Amendment right to free speech and other constitutional rights, and basic principles of academic freedom.
A FOIA litigation lawsuit against the University seeking administrators’ email correspondence with donors and other documents remains pending in state court, and there will be hearing on the University’s motion to dismiss that case on February 13th.
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