A Global Anti-Hate Speech Petition on Behalf of Professor Yahya R. Kamalipour

Amit Schejter
Amit Schejter 49 Comments
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We, the undersigned, have recently become aware of a vicious attack on the integrity and reputation of our friend and colleague Professor Yahya Kamalipour of Purdue University Calumet. As those who have worked and known him for several years or over a decade, we are stunned by the baseless accusations made against him. We are particularly outraged that of all people, Professor Kamalipour – a person whom we know to be an advocate for free expression, global understanding through communications and tolerance across countries and religions – has been subjected to such an assault. Yahya Kamalipour is a naturalized and law-abiding citizen of the United States who has spent most of his life in his adopted country. He is an active promoter of peace, harmony and coexistence. His insights and views are cited in media across the world, and his collaborations with institutions of higher education span the entire globe. We have absolutely no doubt that the accusations made against him are completely false and contradict his commendable professional initiatives as well as the views he has conveyed in his scholarly publications. Indeed, Professor Kamalipour has been a committed member of the academy, has served as a global ambassador for Purdue, and has tirelessly worked toward enhancing intercultural, international, and inter-institutional collaboration across the world. His numerous accomplishments and contributions to mass and global communication disciplines underscore his consistent goal of building cultural understanding, contributing to global peace and harmony, and working toward the common good. Therefore, we respectfully request the Purdue University administration, particularly on the Hammond campus, to take appropriate steps toward restoring the personal integrity and well-earned positive global reputation of Professor Kamalipour.
For background information about this troublesome defamation case, visit https://yrkamal.wordpress.com

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  • Sophie Kaplan-Bucciarelli
    Sophie Kaplan-Bucciarelli United States, Amherst
    May 20, 2014
    May 20, 2014
    Hate speech is an awful thing and should never be tolerated. I am very sorry to hear about Professor Kamalipour and believe that everyone needs to take a stand for the good of this man as well as the countless others who have been victims of hate speech.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    May 08, 2014
    May 08, 2014
    The comments printed and distributed about Professor Kamalipour are outrageous and disturbing. While the First Amendment protects our rights to speak freely; it does not give anyone the right to bully and spread lies about another. I am very sorry that Dr. Kamalipour has fallen victim to a coward who appears to enjoy inflicting pain on others. Yahya, you have the support of many , even those who remain silent due to fear of retaliation. I applaud your courage and have known you as a peaceful and well-respected colleague.
  • Nadejda Greidina
    Nadejda Greidina Russian Federation, Lermontov
    May 07, 2014
    May 07, 2014
    I have known professor Kamalipour for years first as President of Global Communication Association, head of the Department of Communication and Creative Ats, Director of the Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet and then as Peace Ambassador who actively participated in the 8-th International Conference "Communicating through the Universe" held in April 24-26, 2014 in Russia. His trip to Russia was long and tiring, but still the idea of the Conference contribution was above those facts. For all the Conference participants representing different countries and cultures Professor Kamalipour has become an advocate for global understanding through communication. His greeting speech to the Conference participants was topical and symbolic to some extent due to current interntional situation. I have no doubt that all the accusations made against him are completely false. That is the reason I kindly request the Purdue Univerity administration to take the necessary steps to restore the positive image and reputation of Professor Kamalipour.
    Russian Association of Global Communication President,
    Professor Greidina


  • Mehdi Raoufi
    Mehdi Raoufi United States, Schererville
    May 06, 2014
    May 06, 2014
    I have known Yahya for 15 years, personally and professionally, Yahya is a hard working and honest and honorable person.'Eisenstein is either jealous or has an ulterior motive. I stand by Yahaya because I know him.
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