Colombia University effectively canceled a panel discussion on Turkey two days before the event, citing “academic standards.”

Steven A. Cook, one of the panelists and a senior fellow for Middle East & Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, has tweeted that the decision was made after “the university came under pressure form Turkish government.

“Disappointed to learn that ‘s Provost effectively canceled this panel two days before the event, citing “academic standards.” One can only assume that the university came under pressure form the govt of and its supporters. Terrible precedent,” Cook tweeted.

The panel discussion was about the Turkish governments increasing authoritarian tendencies and human rights violations in the country since a coup attmept on July 15, 2016.

Daniel Balson invited the university administratrion to explain “what (specifically) about this panel does not meet its “academic standards.”

“This is stunning – should be pressed to explain what (specifically) about this panel does not meet its “academic standards”. If they think the facts are wrong they should publicly correct. Too serious a precedent to ignore. , Balson tweeted.