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East German Defector Named Boston U. Dean Of Communications

September 10, 1987

BOSTON (AP) _ An East German defector who helped establish a government-subsidized Boston University program training Afghan refugees as journalists, has been appointed the school’s dean of the College of Communications.

H. Joachim Maitre also will retain his positions as professor of journalism and international relations and associate director of the university’s Center for International Relations, the university announced Wednesday.

Maitre, who defected from East Germany while in his teens, has worked in journalism and publishing in West Germany and reported from around the world.

He helped set up the school’s Afghan Media Project, which trains Afghan refugees as journalists to report on the war against the Soviets, the statement said.

Maitre replaces Bernard S. Redmont, who resigned in July because he opposed the Afghan program.

The refugees were to be trained in Pakistan on how to use television cameras and other modern tools to report about the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The program was partially funded by the U.S. Information Agency.

Redmont and others at the university opposed the school’s participation in the project because they said it raised questions about academic indepence. In particular, they objected because the refugees were to be trained at refugee centers in Pakistan rather than on campus.

The BU College of Communications has about 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying journalism, broadcasting, film, public relations and mass communications.

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