Erdoğan scolds Mehmet Fatih Saraç. After the scolding, the Habertürk employees rally behind Saraç. Due to a news piece published on the 24th page of the daily newspaper, 3 employees are fired.
1. Conversation between Mehmet Fatih Saraç and PM Erdoğan. (TAPE ID: 2335155378) Date: 24.09.2013 Time: 11.54
PM Erdoğan: Fatih look, in today’s paper on page 24, there is an article that says “is this the Turkish healthcare’s step into the new age”. Its almost a whole page article.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: There is a leak (meaning it was an non-verified publication)
PM Erdoğan: Something happened, apparently the mother of a 3 year old kid weighing 3.5kg applied everywhere but was not attended to. She apparently wrote me letters, which I obviously don’t receive.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: I understand sir.
PM Erdoğan: It really upsets me when headlines like this one are published. They turn a blind eye to all that we do in terms of healthcare. How can this be?
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: I understand sir, no, no. It’s a disgrace sir.
PM Erdoğan: Have a heart! How can you write such headlines?
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: This is a disgrace sir.
PM Erdoğan: You say it’s a disgrace but once the headline is written, it is impossible to erase or remove the headline.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: I understand sir. I’m now going to make a front page story of Mehmet Müezzinoğlu (Minister of Health)
PM Erdoğan: There is nothing we don’t do in Turkey. And then you give us one kick and destroy everything.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: I understand.
PM Erdoğan: We can’t follow all of your publications individually from A to Z.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: This is our disgrace. It will not happen again, your orders sir. I will make a front page story of Mehmet Müezzinoğlu.
PM Erdoğan: Ok, have a good day.
2. Conversation between Mehmet Fatih Saraç and Fatih Altaylı (This audio recording is missing the TAPE ID)
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: The PM just called. He said, ‘we put in such an effort, thank you ever so much’ (being sarcastic)
Fatih Altaylı: I though this might happen when I saw the article in the morning.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: Give Müezzinoğlu a quick call so we can get a quote from him
Fatih Altaylı: Ok, ok.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: But he spoke very harshly.
Fatih Altaylı: Ok, ok.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: Give Müezzinoğlu a call immediately.
3. Conversation between Mehmet Fatih Saraç and Fatih Altaylı (This audio recording is missing the TAPE ID)
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: Hello, so shall we do this? How shall we go about this news piece?
Fatih Altaylı: Well, the Ministry of Health is going to say that they did not receive any information. If they had, they would have done whatever was necessary. They will say it was the mistake of the doctor.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: Was your team able to get hold of Müezzinoğlu?
Fatih Altaylı: I’ve been calling him myself.
4. Conversation between Mehmet Fatih Saraç and Fatih Altaylı (This audio is missing TAPE ID)
Fatih Altaylı: Turns out the Minister of Health is abroad. What shall we do?
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: Talk to one of his secretaries.
Fatih Altaylı: Ok.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: I can get the Minister on TV through a phone call.
5. Conversation between Mehmet Fatih Saraç and Yalçın Akdoğan (This audio is missing TAPE ID)
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: Brother, first of all, I looked on my iPad at the pre-publication transcript for the news piece and its not on the 1st or 24th pages. So this news doesn’t exist. It looks like some ‘pitiful honourables’ entered this news piece around 2 AM only for the Istanbul print of the paper. It doesn’t exist in the paper published in Ankara or anywhere in Anatolia. They inserted it into the Istanbul publication in secrecy, by hiding it from me.
Yalıçın Akdoğan: So they carried out an operation.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: Yes. Only Istanbul. But it’s still my stupidity.
6. Conversation between Mehmet Fatih Saraç and Yalçın Akdoğan (This audio is missing TAPE ID)
Yalıçın Akdoğan: Hello?
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: Just to let you know, including the editor, the 3 people who wrote the news have been fired as of now.
Yalıçın Akdoğan: Yes, and was it done intentionally?
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: Ofcourse, they published it at 2AM in the morning.
Yalıçın Akdoğan: Hmm ok.
Mehmet Fatih Saraç: Everyone including his secretary..