Bıa news centre – İstanbul
11 Mart 2009, Çarşamba
The cover of the March issue of the Science and Technology magazine of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) was supposed to feature Charles Darwin, founder of the theory of evolution. However, the cover was changed at the last minute by Prof. Ömer Cebeci, co-chair of the council, and articles relating to Darwin were taken out of the issue.
This has led to speculations in the national media that creationists have taken over in TÜBİTAK and have prevented the celebration of the 200th year of Darwin’s birth in this year’s Darwin Year.
Biologist Murat Gülsaçan reacts to the event:
The media got hold of the censored Darwin cover, and there was no way the event could be denied. Because this has happened in the Darwin Year, it needs to be interpreted carefully.