In a terrifying example of the media becoming the story, the armed takeover of CNN’s sister network, CNN Turk, during Friday’s reported military coup in Turkey was caught on camera.
CNN Turk was overrun by men who appeared to be soldiers and was forced to suspend broadcasting. The network would be back on the air about an hour later, one of many signs of just how “clumsy” the alleged coup was.
CNN Turk editor in chief Ferhat Boratav told CNN a helicopter carrying about 15 soldiers landed in the network’s parking lot and forced employees out of the building, Adweek’s TVNewser reported.
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“One story by one story they came up to the top where CNN Turk’s studio (is),” Boratav said. “At gunpoint, we had to evacuate the floor.”
A video capturing the wild scene on the newsroom floor as police and soldiers clash was published by Mirror Online:
The network stayed on the air until the end, when employees were led out during “very tense moments” that included at least one shot being fired, according to CNN.
“We don’t know how much longer we can continue our broadcast, about 5 or 10 minutes ago they entered,” a CNN Turk anchor said just before being led out. “That’s it, we now have to go.”
The network was left broadcasting an image of an empty studio, as seen here:
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