Erzincan Provincial Office of the Directorate General of Press and Information (DGPI) was inaugurated by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım with a ceremony.
During his speech at the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Yıldırım first thanked Deputy PM Hakan Çavuşoğlu and Director General of the DGPI Mehmet Akarca and those who contributed, indicating that it was an initiative worthy of Erzincan and of Turkey.
Highlighting that the DGPI provided important services at home and abroad, Yıldırım said: “In the past, the institution was completely forgotten. However, it is now a more effective institution correcting misperceptions - a feather in our cap with its activities.”
PM Yıldırım said they continued to give all kinds of support to the DGPI so that its services could be more effective, and noted that the experts at this institution worked day and night, produced documents and information and made efforts to create the perception of “effective, strong Turkey” among media organs and around the world with the principle of reliable journalism in order to express Turkey’s rights and interests in the most accurate and fastest way in many areas from national defence to tourism.
Yıldırım, while reminding that Operation Olive Branch is on Turkey's agenda today, emphasized that in this context the members of press have been working to convey to the whole world that this operation has no other purpose than that of fighting against terrorism and have at times put their lives in danger in order to do so.
Yıldırım underlined that great efforts have been made to rightfully explain to the world that Operation Olive Branch is not only carried out to fight against terrorism, but is a legitimate and rightful operation to protect those fed-up of terror, the Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen and civilians that are persecuted.
Yıldırım expressed that DGPI is the institution which gives authorization documents to press members, enables them to go across the borders, and provides the most comfortable and safe work environment. Yıldırım stated that the institution provides great opportunities to pass accurate, impartial and fast information about the work being done.
DGPI To Promote Erzincan To The World
Yıldırım said that DGPI promotes the beauties of Turkey including Erzincan to the world and that this also adds to the promotion of the country’s tourism, transportation and economy.
Yıldırım pointed out that the canyon in the province of Eğin is the longest canyon after Colorado, and stated that promoting all the beauties of Erzincan such as houses of Eğin, historical places of Erzincan, and Ergan Ski Centre will be carried out through Erzincan Provincial Office of DGPI.
“DGPI struggles to correct the disinformation about Turkey”
Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu said Erzincan Provincial Directorate of the Directorate General of Press and Information was sufficiently equipped to serve the whole region rather than just Erzincan province, and pointed to the fact that perception has replaced reality in today’s world. Also underlining the negative impact of fake and falsified news and publications, Çavuşoğlu noted the following: “Directorate General of Press and Information analyses news about Turkey in world media and submits them to relevant state authorities twice a day, thus waging a struggle to correct the disinformation about Turkey.”