CEU's battle for academic freedom is mentioned in this Times Higher Education article. Berkeley Chancellor and CEU Trustee Carol Christ also comments on academic freedom.
"In her address, separate to the Russia session, Berkeley chancellor Carol Christ noted that, in many nations, the drive to create 'world-class universities' is often 'inseparable from nationalism.' She added: 'I find that conjunction a really interesting conjunction between global ambitions and nationalist ambitions.' A key question was 'whether you can have a world-class university without academic freedom,' she said. 'I believe that’s not possible.'"