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Crackdown threatens science in Turkey

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Science  26 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6374, pp. 378-379
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6374.378

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In July 2016, NASA space scientist Serkan Golge was wrapping up a visit to relatives in Turkey and preparing to return home to Houston, Texas, when police arrived and took him away. The police accused Golge, a dual citizen, of spying for the Central Intelligence Agency, and last April they charged him with terrorism. A verdict is expected on 8 February; if convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison. Golge is one of several U.S. citizens and thousands of Turkish academics caught up in a crackdown following a July 2016 coup attempt. Scores of scientists are in prison, and many more have lost their jobs. Most academics now need permission to travel abroad. Harsh measures imposed under a state of emergency could threaten the future of Turkish science, observers say.