Cases Against Academics for Peace Have Become Emblematic of the Attacks on Freedom of Expression in Turkey

Yazar / Referans: 
Sophian Paley, Index on Censorship

On 26 July 2019, Turkey’s highest court brought new hope to Turkish academics when it ruled that ten educators who had signed the petition “We will not be a Party to This Crime!” (Bu Suça Ortak Olmayacağız) had been tried unfairly and in violation of their rights. 

Court Imposes Access Block on bianet

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Access to all content of bianet which consists of more than 200 thousand news reports and articles shall be blocked according to the court order.

The Ankara 3rd Penal Judgeshp of Peace has ruled that access to 136 web addresses shall be blocked upon a request by the Gendarmerie General Command. Both the request and the order are dated July 16, 2019.

Academic Altınel: I Taught English, French to Friends in Prison

Yazar / Referans: 
Evrim Kepenek, Bianet

Assoc. Prof. Altınel, an academic for peace, served 81 days in prison for "terrorist propaganda" because of interpreting speeches in an event. "I learned valuable knowledge from my friends in prison," he says.

Today is Saturday. Istiklal Avenue is congested. Some came for shopping, some for hanging around. We are on Çukurleşme street, one of the busiest in the area, also where the Human Rights Association (İHD) is on.

Prof. Dr. Kaboğlu: Administration is Obliged to Abide by Constitutional Court Verdict

Yazar / Referans: 
Ruken Tuncel, Bianet

Speaking to bianet, legists have criticized the counter-declarations opened to signature by some universities after the Constitutional Court has ruled that the freedom of expression of Academics of Peace has been violated.

Announcing its ruling on 10 Academics for Peace sentenced to prison for having signed the declaration "We will not be a party to this crime", the Constitutional Court has ruled that their freedom of expression has been violated by their penalization for "terror propaganda."