Turkey has banned all academics from leaving the country, and has ordered all those who are abroad to return immediately, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan implements a far-reaching crackdown following the failed coup to oust his government. All teachers’ annual leave has been cancelled, and those abroad have been given hours to return to Turkey where they must report for work at 8.30am on Thursday.
Academics and academic institutions are one of most important aspects of a democracy. Whenever they are in danger, freedom is endangered. Turkey is on a slippery slope right now to authoritarianism, hopefully the madness ends soon.