12 March 2009

Turkish science agency refutes claims of censorship

TÜBITAK, the Scientific and Techonological Research Council of Turkey, has released on its web page a public announcement explaining the removal of an article on Charles Darwin from the March issue of its popular magazine Bilim ve Teknik (Science and Technology). The council states that the claims of censorship were groundless and puts the blame for the confusion on an editor who had apparently attempted to include the Darwin article and change the magazine's cover “over the weekend” prior to the printing of the issue. The council also claims that (my translation) “[the subject of evolution] will be considered in sufficient detail in TÜBİTAK’s Bilim ve Teknik magazine. One issue of TÜBİTAK’s Bilim ve Teknik will be reserved for this subject.”

I am not satisfied until I see a scientifically sound issue of Bilim ve Teknik on evolution. I will be monitoring the future issues of the magazine.

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