1521269 (original text)
|Subject||Re: INSIGHT - Gulen, Dogan Media Group, AKP|
|Date||Jan 18, 2010 14:05|
|Released||Mar 14, 2012 17:00|
I have a few senior contacts within Hurriyet. Will ping them on this as
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From: Emre Dogru <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 11:29:57 +0200
To: Reva Bhalla<firstname.lastname@example.org>; Kamran Bokhari<email@example.com>
Subject: INSIGHT - Gulen, Dogan Media Group, AKP
From the source in Hurriyet whom I met this past Saturday. A guy from the
Dogan Media Group (I guess from the finance desk) later joined us. I got
to know the columnist from the alumni of our Faculty. This was the first
time that I met both.
Hurriyet guy used to have (maybe he still does) good contacts within Gulen
Movement (called Community). Then he got out of the community. He says
that the hierarchy within the comm is extremely rigid. They work like in
cell-organization. I am responsible for five persons. Another guy is
responsible for five persons like me and so on. They are all asked about
our "protegee"s financial and health situation by senior Gulenists.
There is no other organization like this to challenge them. They are very
very powerful within the police. And (this is just a personal opinion)
they are working on the judiciary system to have more Gulenist judges.
Gulenists never talk about politics with outsiders. It is almot impossible
to get what they really think. They can discuss with you but only to a
certain point. Then you're out. The real financial base is small-scale
Anatolian businessmen and small shop owners. Junior Gulenists regularly
visit them to collect the money.
Concerning AKP - Gulen relationship: Gulen officially supports a political
party for the first time. However, Erdogan doesn't like him (or hates
him). The entire relationship is based on mutual interests. Gulen needs a
powerful political party, AKP needs broad political support. They had a
major dispute over Ergenekon. At a certain point, Erdogan thought that
things might get screwed and wanted to back down a bit. But Gulen insisted
on deepening the probe. In the past, the entire rhetoric of the comm. was
based on "tolerance". But now, they don't show mercy for those who don't
support them. They show target and destroy. Community acts more
After the Erdogan - Aydin Dogan spat followed by the tax fine, Dogan media
group now is in big big trouble. Aydin Dogan might be even sent to the
jail. In a month or so, all newspapers (except for Hurriyet) owned by
Dogan will be sold. The client is decided: Koza Group. Koza Group is
Gulenist and responsible for managing the budget of Gulen Comm. which is
earmarked for media operations. The most prominent chief editor of Turkey
(Hurriyet) was replaced by another guy after 25 years. Also, all the
executive boards of these newspapers are being shuffled. Dogan family
members are being replaced by 'professionals'. Tax and other things are
just parts of this grand strategy. After this operation, around 70-80% of
the Turkish media will be owned by Gulen. There is only one month left. (I
asked why secular business groups don't react) They all care about the
money and not really willing to have a war with AKP.
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