Tuesday, July 14, 2009

N - Turkey censors evolution articles

The Turkish government has provoked outrage by censoring magazine articles on the life and work of Charles Darwin, Nature reports. The articles were dropped from the March issue of the popular science magazine Bilim ve Teknik (Science and Technology; www.biltek.tubitak.gov.tr). The magazine is published by the Turkish government's research funding and science management organisation, Tübitak. A planned cover picture of Darwin was switched for an illustration relating to global warming. The editor, Çiğdem Atakuman, has been removed from her post. The claims have fuelled speculation that the Islamic oriented government in Turkey wants to increase the role of religion and promote Muslim creationism. Richard Dawkins's website is banned in Turkey. (Nature 2009 Mar 10, doi:10.1038/news.2009.150)

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