Despite pandemic, the establishment as usual: crackdown on HDP municipalities; local journalists intimitated, political prisoners are left to their fates…

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2020 at 16:53

Friday Prayer was performed in a single mosque, Beştepe Mosque, in this way.


Following the orders of the university’s rector, a field harvesting local seeds and plants at Pamukkale University in the province of Denizli was recently bulldozed.

The field, which was created with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and the EU, was bulldozed for the purpose of creating a social facility. Students assembled in front of the bulldozers for the purpose of saving the field.

Like all governments around the world, the Turkish government has a number of tough calls to make during this time of public health turned economic crisis. The trade-off is straightforward. Governments must keep an eye on two curves. The first one shows the number of infected patients. That curve is a function of the number of people tested on daily basis. So it may or may not increase depending on the number of tests that are being undertaken. Yet official figures are now somewhat irrelevant.

Turkish authorities detained mayors of five municipalities in the southeastern provinces as part of a widening government crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the party’s co-chair said.

Detained over a news report on coronavirus outbreak in Turkey, İsmet Çiğit, the editor-in-chief of a local newspaper from Kocaeli, says, “I know that the news is true. The state wanted to intimidate. But we now only report on official statements.”
Human Rights Watch – Mar 23, 7:56 AM

The risk the coronavirus pandemic poses to staff and inmates in Turkey’s vastly overcrowded prisons has prompted the government to accelerate a plan to substitute prison time with alternatives such as early parole and house arrest. While a welcome

A legal action has been taken against 316 social media users who shared images or voice records about Covid-19. The total number of probed social media accounts has hit 1,748.
Evin Jiyan Kışanak, Hülya Oruç, Zeynep Mızraklı, Mehmet Altan and Özge Terkoğlu slam the 3rd Judicial Reform Package for excluding political prisoners from reduced prison sentences to be introduced by the amended legal regulation on execution.
Turkey on March 23 launched TV-based distance learning for around 18 million primary, secondary and high-school students, with Education Minister Ziya Selçuk giving the first lecture as he advised families to create the necessary conditions for their children at home.
Turkish state-run television broadcast an animated video of the hanging of a Turkish prime minister…
Around 150 foreign journalists in Turkey have been forced to wait for more than two months for the…
In the past ten years, Turkey’s foreign policy has experienced major shifts in alliances. While it bolstered its relations with some countries, it undermined other alliances. For the past five years in particular, Turkey’s close ties with Russia and other countries in the East has drawn it away from NATO and the EU.

Yet amid rising tensions with Russia in Syria, the question arose of whether Turkey has any real allies on the international stage. At Tü, we asked our respondents to rate the following countries and international organizations based on how much they trust them.

Turkey Steps Back From Confrontation at Greek Border

The country is winding down an aggressive two-week operation to move tens of thousands of migrants to its frontiers. But relations with Greece and Europe have suffered.

Who’s who in Babacan’s party?

Neşe İdil / Duvar English

Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan filed the application to found his long-awaited opposition party on March 9, with the list of the founders including 90 individuals.

Being one of the founding members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Babacan announced his resignation eight months ago over “deep differences.”

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“free online resources for teaching gender and media

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2020 at 22:19

Message from Karen Ross and Claudia Padovani

Hello colleagues – we hope that you are finding ways to manage this new and troubling normal as we each navigate  routes through our fears and uncertainties. For most of us, we continue to work with our students and our colleagues as their lives and ours cannot simply stop mid-semester, mid-exams, mid-assessment. In many of our universities, colleagues are on a very steep learning curve as we move our teaching online and develop new ways of engaging and supporting the learning process.

So, we thought this would be a timely moment to remind you about the resources we have developed as part of the Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries (AGEMI) project, which you can find here.  All the resources are free to download and repurpose as you wish, integrating aspects into your existing teaching or incorporating them into new material you are developing.

First of all, there are a set of learning units which together comprise a self-contained course on teaching about gender and media which includes mini-lectures, interviews, tasks for learners to complete and relevant resources. These units cover different aspects of gender and news media that you may consider discussing in your courses, from representation to working conditions, from violence against women journalists to relevant policy developments, and a range of other topics.

The platform also hosts a Resources Bank of Good Practices with lots of examples of ways in which gender equality in the media is being and has been supported in different ways; and interviews with a variety of media practitioners, policy-makers and civil society organisations discussing some of the problems and some creative solutions to addressing gender inequalities. Both the good practices and the interviews can be useful ice-breakers for class discussion or starting points for creative activities to be carried out by students online. All the AGEMI resources are free to stream or download although the learning units require a one-time registration which is basically your email address.

In the spirit of collegiality and sharing good practices, we have also set up a shared online space – a Padlet blackboard – which is accessible to anyone and which we have started to populate with some useful links, including to AGEMI. It would be great if you could add your own useful resources, weblinks, TED Talks, YouTube video links and other online resources of relevance. In this way, we can collectively crowd-source a repository of interesting and diverse teaching materials to draw from in the design and delivery of online courses.

Anyway, we hope that you can find something of use and interest among the AGEMI resources and that using them releases time to devote to other things.  We have spent many months bringing these resources together in one place and it would be brilliant to imagine that we have provided something of real value to our academic colleagues.  If you do use them, it would be nice if you would credit AGEMI and send us a line of feedback.

Thinking of all our colleagues who are doing their best to survive, create and look forward to the light at the end of this darkness.

Karen and Claudia

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#Covid-19 updates: “Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Are a Public Health Hazard” while “Boris Johnson in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2020 at 18:24

The UK prime minister said he had mild symptoms but will continue to lead government.
It’s time to debunk the worst—and most dangerous—Covid-19 misinformation.

Chaos for European Exchange Students

Borders are erected and flights are canceled.

US has most confirmed COVID-19 cases in world

The United States now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country in the world with more than 83,500,

Presidents Fear Financial, and Human, Toll of Coronavirus

Student and employee mental health is campus leaders’ top short-term concern, while financial viability and enrollment are their biggest long-term worries, survey finds.

Virtual Thesis Defense

Ph.D. students defending their dissertations must do so remotely right now. Could videoconference defenses become the new normal

The Guardian

Egyptian authorities have forced a Guardian journalist to leave the country after she reported on a scientific study that said Egypt was likely to have many more coronavirus cases than have been officially confirmed. Ruth Michaelson, who has lived

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