The Turkish higher board of education has banned all academics from leaving the country. The Turkish government says this is a temporary measure in order to prevent alleged coup planners from escaping the country.
The ban follows closely on the government’s forced resignation of all university deans, as well as the firing of more than 600,000 professionals. Both of these actions have been widely criticized by academics around the world as chilling attacks on academic freedom and the freedom of speech.
The government’s new restrictions are all in response to the attempted military coup in July which left 280 dead. Since then, Turkish president Erdogan has removed many opponents from key positions in the military, judiciary, and now academia. This is addition to earlier extending his control over the government, police, and military.