Erdoğan hands out media awards to his favorite journalists

President Erdoğan gave out the Sixth Annual Anatolian Media Awards to a group of Turkey's best-known pro-government journalists on Sep. 15, including one to his Communications Director Fahrettin Altun.

Duvar English

The Anatolian Media Awards organized by the presidency were handed out to the winners by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sep. 15, with all the lucky names emerging from among pro-government circles. 

President Erdoğan's primary media aide, Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun was found worthy of the "Annual Communications Award." 

Altun was praised for "developing a new vision with his work in communications."

A staunch supporter of the president and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Hilal Kaplan was given the award for "Book of the Year" for her work "Ailenin Adı Yok ya da Neden Feminist Değilim?" which translates as "The family has no name or why I'm not a feminist." 

A take on the "erosion of the institution of family in Turkey," the book is critical of feminism for its part in dismantling standard familial structures, according to the abstract. 

Yet another name known for his close ties to the president and the AKP, Hürriyet columnist Abdulkadir Selvi was deemed worthy of the award for "Columnist of the Year."

One in a long list of Turkish television productions about ancient civilizations in Anatolia, "Great Seljuk Empire: Awakening" was dubbed Best Series of the Year.