Firat didn’t immediately realize how important the phone call was.
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So began what is possibly the most famous telephone call in Turkish history when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan phoned into the private channel CNN-Turk on the night of the July 15 coup.His face peering out from the mobile phone of CNN-Turk correspondent and anchorwoman Hande Firat, Erdogan denounced the putsch and called his supporters out into the streets to defeat it.The call made Firat – CNN Turk's Ankara bureau chief and already a hugely prominent journalist – a national celebrity and an icon of the coup night.Erdogan's defiant call to CNN Turk dramatically ended any uncertainty about his fate. Shortly afterward, he flew back to Istanbul and by the morning the coup was defeated.However as the coup was defeated, the channel triumphantly returned to air and would replay Firat's interview with Erdogan repeatedly in the days to come.
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