Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Newsfeed - February 8

GIT Türkiye calls to unite!

GIT Türkiye announced its call to unite for academic freedoms in Turkey. Read the English translation of the call by Zeynep Gambetti on GIT - North America.

Erdoğan cannot take criticism -- once again

Erdoğan blamed Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the second largest political party in Turkey, for engaging in an international smear campaign; read more via GIT - North America.

"Kill all the lawyers": Stifling dissent in Turkey

AKP's attack against academic freedoms and freedom of speech is not limited with targeting professors, students, journalists, translators, and publishers, but also includes lawyers. Read more on GIT - North America.

On Zarakolu and Ersanlı

The imprisoned publisher Ragıp Zarakolu was recently nominated for Nobel Piece Prize in Sweden. On the 100. day of her detention, the friends and colleagues of Professor Büşra Ersanlı get together to express their support. Read the details on GIT - North America.

Students suspended for joining protests

Higher education authorities have issued penalties against a number of college students for penning critical statements and partaking in peaceful demonstrations, leading to legal proceedings and prison sentences. Read the full report here, and read their response in Turkish here.