Daily Today’s Zaman cannot independently verify the authenticity of the voice recording.
Saraç is heard allegedly telling Habertürk editors Oğuz Usluer and Fatih Altaylı to immediately arrange a live broadcasting vehicle and go to wherever the minister is.
When the government decided to speed up the process of shutting down prep schools, Turkey’s most effective educational facilities, it sparked widespread outrage across the country. The public opposition against the government did not help as Parliament adopted the bill last week.
The pro-government media staunchly supported the government’s move and the latest revelation of the voice recording appears to shows the role of the prime minister in these reports.
Previous voice recordings also revealed that Erdoğan called Saraç to halt a speech of an opposition leader. Erdoğan later confirmed that he indeed called Saraç at Habertürk. He justified his actions during a press conference that he “had to educate journalists how to do their job as critics insult him.”