However, he has failed to prove his claims so far, almost two years later. Pro-government journalist İsmet Berkan had also supported Erdoğan, claiming that he also saw the non-existing images himself.
Upon the request of Reader Representative Faruk Bildirici of Hürriyet Newspaper to apologize from Turkish people for his lie, Berkan has finally come clean about the long-disputed images.
In his apology letter, Berkan stated: “The duty of a journalist is stay skeptical, continue to investigate to reach the truth, no matter what the witnesses and evidence suggest. I say it simply: I am sorry. I apologize.”