Turkish government destroys more than 300,000 books

Updated: Aug 8, 2019

Regime says it is cracking down on anything linked to Fethullah Gülen, the Muslim cleric it blames for 2016’s attempted coup.


A building in Istanbul is reflected on a poster of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose government is leading the crackdown

More than 300,000 books have been removed from Turkish schools and libraries and destroyed since the attempted coup of 2016, according to Turkey’s ministry of education.


Turkey’s education minister Ziya Selçuk announced last week that 301,878 books had been destroyed as the government cracks down on anything linked to Fethullah Gülen, the US-based Muslim cleric who is accused by Turkey of instigating 2016’s failed military coup. Gülen has denied involvement.


The figure was first reported by the popular newspaper Hürriyet, with images of books being seized and burned