Journalism in Turkey has apparently gone to the dogs.
Recently, a newscaster of Turkish channel ATV was presumably rummaging through the garbage when she chanced upon a breaking discovery: a notebook that looked like it contained the secret codes used by rebels during the July 15, 2016, Turkish coup.
The coup d’etat was carried out by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces, which attempted to seize control of some of the major cities of Turkey, including Istanbul and Ankara, but failed in its mission when the government was able to subdue it.
The find would have been monumental if not for the fact that the scribblings on the paper were actually cheat codes for the "Grand Theft Auto" video game.
For those people who don’t understand Turkish, the page says:
I/ Health and Gun
II/Health and Armor
According to an online forum, the reporter is saying, “This is how they communicate in secrets (sic). Even though it says 'cheats,' health and gun, health and armor, weather, this (sic) were the things they used in the coup.”
It has not yet been confirmed whether the whole thing was a hoax contrived by the channel to get more publicity. Either way, it proves Turkey’s reporters need to get out more.
After the absurd news went viral, social media users came online to bash Turkey for its questionable journalist ethics.
turkish reporter finds "suspicious books" and thinks these GTA CHEAT CODES are encrypted communication by terrorists pic.twitter.com/PykNPmjXaA— leyla (@leylasgulsen) August 3, 2016
Level of journalism by Pro Erdogan media!— Barbarossa (@BarbarossaKaya) August 2, 2016
Evidence of coup by Gulenists.
A notebook with GTA game cheat codes :)) pic.twitter.com/yq5CEUdNJZ
Pro-gov't journo finds notebook w/GTA IV cheats in garbage and claims it's a secret code used during coup attempt https://t.co/E09ieYhq4O— Şafak Baş شفق (@TurkishIranian) August 2, 2016
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