IFLA Issues Statement on the Destruction of 140,000 Library Books in Turkey
From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)/FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression):
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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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.