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GIT North America

Pro-AKP Media Figures Continue to Target Academics for Peace

[Protest against the imprisonment of four Academics for Peace, Bogazici University, Istanbul, 18 March 2016.]

On 22 March 2016, Yıldıray Oğur, a pro-government media figure, wrote a column targeting the Academics for Peace, Bosphorus/Boğaziçi University, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), and Jadaliyya, among others.  The piece problematically conflates terrorism with Academics for Peace, and blatantly asserts that signatory academics manipulate facts. At the same time, the author appears to obscure the fact that after the Suruç bombing on 20 July 2015, the ruling ...

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GIT North America was formed in 2011 as the North American node of a transnational working group [Groupe International de Travail, GIT--originally established in France] that aims to raise awareness and offer documentation on “Academic Liberty and Freedom of Research in Turkey.” It also addresses issues with regard to the right to education in Turkey.