Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has sent a list of 910 academics to the Higher Education Board (YÖK), who should be dismissed from universities over their alleged used of ByLock chatting application.
The government claims that ByLock is the top communication tool among the members of the Gülen movement, accused of to be behind the July 15 coup attempt. Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers, academics and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock. Yet, critics blast the government for punishing thousands simply for using a mobile application with the movement’s involvement in the attempt still remains unclear.
MİT has recently submitted a list of names and mobile phone numbers of 112,000 people who are claimed to be using ByLock, to the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution.
According to Vatan newspaper, the wider list included 910 academics as well and MİT sent the list of those implicated to YÖK for dismissal.
At least 7,316 academics have already lost their jobs since July 15 either after being dismissed from their positions or after the government shuttered their universities.