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Winter Semester at Off-University Begins

Yazar / Referans: 
Off-University
Tarih: 
08/10/2019

After the Constitutional Court in Turkey confirmed in July what we always knew, that a petition calling for peace is not a crime, courts across Turkey are now acquitting Academics for Peace of terrorism charges. We stand behind our colleagues and their right to freedom of expression and free academia without persecution. Despite these acquittals hundreds of academics are still banned from working in public institutions and Universities, and the struggle for academic freedom and truth is far from over. Only recently it was announced that Dr.

Bülent Şık Sentenced to 1 Year, 3 Months in Prison

Yazar / Referans: 
Tansu Pişkin, Bianet
Tarih: 
26/09/2019

While bianet columnist and food engineer Asst. Prof. Bülent Şık has been acquitted of “provision of prohibited information”, he has been sentenced to 1 year, 3 months in prison for “disclosure of information about duty”. His sentence has not been deferred.

bianet columnist and food engineer Asst. Prof. Bülent Şık has had his third hearing in the lawsuit filed against him on the ground that he shared the findings of the project conducted by the Ministry of Health.

Turkey: Expert Opinion on the Charges Against Academic Bülent Şık

Yazar / Referans: 
Article 19
Tarih: 
26/09/2019

On 26 September 2019, lawyers defending academic Bülent Şik submitted ARTICLE 19’s expert opinion in a case in which he was charged of disclosure of prohibited and confidential information and securing prohibited information. If found guilty, Şik would face a custodial sentence of 5 to 12 years.

ARTICLE 19 submits that the prosecution of Şık in this case violates his right to freedom of expression, as it constitutes a disproportionate interference that is not necessary in a democratic society.

Turkey: Charges Against Whistleblower Who Exposed Public Health Dangers Must Be Dropped

Yazar / Referans: 
Amnesty International
Tarih: 
25/09/2019

Ahead of the expected verdict for academic Dr Bülent Şık, who faces up to twelve years in jail for “disclosing classified information” after revealing the findings of his research that exposed toxic pollution that was a risk to public health, Amnesty international’s Senior Campaigner on Turkey Milena Buyum said:

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