Sunday, February 12, 2012

Newsfeed - February 12

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An interview with young academics 
GIT - North America interviewed the young academics who penned the petition to criticize the Turkish Prime Minister's attempt at socio-religious engineering (see the next news item). Read the interview here.

Young academics say no to socio-religious engineering
Read about Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan's statement on raising a religious youth and the critical response it generated among young academics on GIT - North America.

Professor of Education responds to the idea of raising a religious youth  
Read the response of Fatma Gök, head of the department of education at Boğaziçi University, to Erdoğan's statement on raising a religious youth via GIT - North America.

Big brother is watching social media! 

Read about the dean of the College of Communications at Marmara University who is watching social media to identify his critics and chastise them by disciplinary action (and also the police doing the same for other purposes) on GIT - North America.

Petition and support event for Ragip Zarakolu 

Read about the petition and event that are organized as part of the continued efforts to free the imprisoned author and publisher Ragip Zarakolu on GIT - North America.

The Minister of the Interior strikes again 
İdris Naim Şahin, the Turkish Minister of the Interior, continues to make bewildering statements on freedom of expression. Read the latest on GIT - North America.

Do Erdoğan and Gül disagree on press freedom? 
Read Scott Griffen's commentary on press freedom in Turkey via GIT - North America.