Ministry of Education Expects Teachers’ Reports on Racist Propaganda Movie
Despite demands by NGOs to stop the screening of the racist "documentary" "'Sarı Gelin' - The Inside Story of the Armenian Problem", the Ministry of Education is expecting reports on the film from teachers.
İstanbul - Agos
10 March 2009, Tuesday
Teachers at primary schools were
supposed to report on their students’ reactions while watching the violent
movie produced by the General Staff of the Turkish Army and deliver the results
to the Education Ministry’s district offices.
The government department has
confirmed that the screening of the highly contentious “documentary” has not
been banned yet as demanded by education trade union Eğitim-Sen.
Head of Cultural Affairs in the
district of Kadıköy on the Asian side of Istanbul Mr. Hasan Demir issued
an announcement to the schools in his district demanding the reports on the
effects of the screenings to be submitted to the district authority by 6 March
Demir was quoted as saying by the
Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, "We have requested these reports in order
to follow if there has been any work done on the documentary in schools. The
reports are going to be forwarded to the Ministry of Education. Until today we
did not expect a detailed analysis of this kind of circular order.”
Furthermore, Demir mentioned that
the district authority has not received any reports regarding the DVD yet, but
should do so by 6 March.
On the other hand, representatives
of NGOs such as the Peace Initiative, delegates of Armenian foundation schools,
the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, the Social Democracy Foundation (SODEV), the
History Foundation and the International Hrant Dink Foundation have stated that
they will pursue the issue, criticizing that no concrete step of action has
been taken yet.
DVDs remain at
schools so far
The press division of the Ministry
of Education confirmed that there has been no decision taken yet to collect the
DVDs from the primary schools, but that a decision from July last year revoking the order to show the film was still in place. The district authorities are following up any
further developments. Press advisor of the ministry Mr. Mustafa Oymak emphasized
that following an according directive they would take the necessary action.
* This news item was published in the
weekly Agos newspaper on 6 March 2009 no. 675 under the headline "'Sarı'