Coup panel thanks Doğan Media Group
AA photoMembers of the Turkish parliament’s coup investigation commission have praised the role Doğan Media played in averting the coup attempt by a group of allegedly Gülenist soldiers on the night of July 15, as CNN Türk, a member of the group, was the first channel to broadcast the president’s calls against the attempt.
Visiting the Marmaris resort town in the western province of Muğla, where a small group of soldiers raided the hotel in which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was staying, members of the commission, led by Justice and Development Party (AKP) Burdur deputy Reşat Petek, carried out a commission inspection, meeting with the town’s governor, public office chiefs, soldiers and policemen.
“The role of Doğan Media in averting the coup attempt on July 15 was very large. Wherever we go, we tell about Doğan Media’s arduous works. We thank Doğan Media,” Petek said during the two-day inspection.
The group visited the Club Turban Grand Yazıcı Hotel, at which Erdoğan was staying on holiday with his family before leaving when he was informed about the attempt.
The military group aimed to assassinate Erdoğan on that night but after failing to find him at the hotel, the group left the scene, with some of them hiding in rural areas near the hotel until being captured.
Commission members from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) were not present on the visit.
Petek also referred to Erdoğan’s broadcast on CNN Türk via Facetime on the night of the attempt, saying: “I thank Doğan Media, which broadcast our president on Facetime and which spread his call to all of Turkey from Marmaris. We also heard CNN Türk correspondent Hande Fırat at our commission and thanked her,” said Petek.
The broadcast via Facetime occurred when Fırat connected to Erdoğan after the coup began around Turkey.
After the meeting, AKP Istanbul deputy Mihrimah Belma Satır proposed that Marmaris , the famous Turkish resort, be renamed as Gazimarmaris. Gazi means veteran in Turkish.