The latest report of the English PEN, the founding centre of the PEN International – an organisation promotes freedom of expression and literature across frontiers – , is about Turkey. The report is entitled Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy. Violations of the rights of authors, publishers and academics under the State of Emergency and written by two Turkish academics Yaman Akdeniz and Kerem Altiparmak. It examines the impact of the Turkish government’s response to the failed coup on the publishing community and academia in Turkey. It is available both in English and Turkish at this link.

According to this report,  in Turkey  ‘ by the end of 2017, 5,822 academics had been dismissed from 118 public universities and many academics have been prosecuted under criminal law. In addition to the administrative proceedings initiated at universities, Chief Public Prosecutors in many provinces launched criminal investigations against Academics for Peacewho signed a peace petition criticising the state violence in South East Turkey. Some academics were taken into police custody and questioned within the scope of these investigations for ‘disseminating terrorist propaganda’ or denigrating the Turkish nation, the Republic of Turkey, the institutions and bodies of the State.’ .

 

 

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