Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) has sent a list of 910 academics to the Higher Education Board (YÖK) for dismissal from their universities for alleged use of the ByLock smartphone application.
The government claims that ByLock is the top communication tool among members of faith-based Gülen movement, accused of to be behind the July 15 coup attempt.
Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers, academics and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock.
According to the Vatan newspaper, the wider list included 910 academics as well and MİT sent the list of those implicated to YÖK for dismissal.
MİT has recently submitted a list of names and mobile phone numbers of 112,000 people who are claimed to be using ByLock to the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution.
At least 7,316 academics have already lost their jobs since July 15 either after being dismissed from their positions or after the government shuttered their universities. (Turkey Purge)