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Thursday, 13 January 2011

‘Porn project’ causes chaos at Turkey University


Students, scholars and outside supporters protested at scandal-hit Istanbul Bilgi University after three faculty members were fired for approving a student’s final thesis titled “The Porn Project.”

“The Porn Project,” which included footage of two people having sex did not only get three lecturers dismissed, the school administration also filed criminal complaints against them with a prosecutor’s office since pornography is a punishable offense under Turkey’s laws.

Participants in the demonstration demanded that the three academics be reinstated in their jobs and the situation be investigated by “an unbiased committee” according to the academic rules.

Studying porn related courses is nothing new when it comes to academia , most educational institutions the world over allow such studies so are protesters right in saying Turkey’s laws are stifling the country’s academic progress?

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