Ankara / Ferdi Turktan / Anatolia

Turkish President during the “Anatolia Media Awards” ceremony:
This nation will never forget the journalists who fought for their country, their people, and the reputation of their profession
– “Justice and Development” governments provided all states with good infrastructure in all fields during 19 years

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised the sacrifices of journalists for the sake of the country and the people.

This came in a speech during his participation in the sixth edition of the “Anatolia Media Awards”, which was organized by the “Anadolu Publishers Association”, on Wednesday.

Erdogan stressed that Turkey has not and will not forget those he described as “the executioners of dignity” who stood by the putschists and their inhuman acts.

“This nation has never and will never forget the journalists who fought for their country, their people, and the reputation of their profession, by taking all kinds of risks, including (threats to) their freedom and their lives,” he said.

Erdogan congratulated the award-winning media, and had mercy on those who passed away, especially those who lost their lives while performing their duties.

He stressed that a free, responsible and patriotic press is one of the most important supporters of the nation’s struggle to reach a bright future.

He thanked all the media professionals who perform their duties in the various media.

“I wish success to all members of the media, whom I consider defenders of truth, right, law and freedom,” he added.

He stated that the press is of vital importance to nurture democracy.

On the other hand, Erdogan said that successive AKP governments since taking power in 2002 have managed to keep Turkey on the right track to achieve the 2023 goals, and have thwarted attempts to waste its time and energy.

He continued, “We were not satisfied with that, and we have implemented a historic administrative reform, such as the transition to a presidential system, whose importance and meaning will be better understood in the future.”

He pointed out that there are parties seeking to keep Turkey out of the world order after its restructuring, stressing that it will not succeed in this.

He stressed that his country is on the verge of 2023, which he described as “our most important station on the road to building a great and strong Turkey.”

Erdogan considered the year 2023 “a symbol of the revival of Turkey and the Turkish nation.”

And he added, “The year 2071 will be the year when we will once again proclaim the fact that Anatolia is our eternal homeland, and 2053 is our will to firmly protect our historical heritage.”

And he indicated that the “Justice and Development” governments provided all states with good infrastructure in all fields, during 19 years.

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