IFLA is deeply concerned by the announcement of the destruction of 140 000 books held by public-controlled libraries in Turkey.
Such broad and indiscriminate withdrawals of books from libraries risks challenging the principle that the right of freedom of access to information should be guaranteed in all but the most extreme circumstances. While such freedoms may not be absolute, any restrictions should be applied in a targeted and proportionate manner. This does not seem to be the case in Turkey.
IFLA also regrets the exclusion and destitution of librarians working at those establishments of higher education which have been closed.
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