No renewal of ‘dissident’ academics’ contracts – HE council

Online Turkish newspaper Diken has reported that the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK) has instructed private universities not to extend contracts with academics who voice dissenting opinions in the media, reports MedyaNews.

A representative from YÖK tacitly admitted to the pressure and justified the intervention by implying that certain academics need to focus more on their educational responsibilities and less on engaging extensively with the media.

With nearly 80 private universities in Turkey, contracts between academics and universities are typically renewed at regular intervals, most commonly in August and September. However, as the contract renewal period approached this year, some universities received unofficial ‘instructions’ regarding the academics within their institutions. These instructions specified that contracts should not be renewed with academics who both teach at universities and appear in ‘opposition media’.
Full report on the MedyaNews site