Not much to say: “Medium of instruction in Kurdish language department changed to Turkish


Kurdish language department students banned from writing theses in Kurdish

Students attending the Kurdish Language and Literature department of Turkish universities will no longer be allowed to write their dissertations in Kurdish, in line with a decision of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK).

The information was disclosed by former academic Selim Temo, who used to be an associate professor in the field of Kurdish studies at Mardin Artuklu University before being sacked by a statutory decree (KHK) in 2017 for signing a peace petition that criticized the Turkish government’s actions in southeastern Turkey.

The change has been made on the grounds that permission by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) is required to change the medium of instruction to another language than Turkish.

As pro-government circles debate whether Turkey should withdraw from the convention, the KADEM has announced support for the İstanbul Convention.

Update: This post has been corrected as of August 1, 2020 to accurately reflect the details of the NetzDG.

For years, free speech and press freedoms have been under attack in Turkey. The country has the distinction of being the world’s largest jailer of journalists and has in recent years been cracking down on online speech.

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