Does the photo show that Gülen and Kılıçdaroğlu came together in 1994?

CLAIM / Photo: Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Fethullah Gülen came together in a conference by the Ataturkist Thought Association in 1994.

FALSE

Through the photograph shared in the social media, it is claimed that Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Fethullah Gülen came together in the Ataturkist Thought Association’s conference in 1994. The photograph is shared in the social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter excessively.

You never met? The General Director of Social Insurance Institution (SSK) Kılıçdaroğlu is with Fethullah Gülen in the conference by the Ataturkist Thought Association in 1994.

However, the photograph shows that Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Fethuallah Gülen came together in a conference by the Ataturkist Thought Association in 1994 does not representing the truth. The photograph is montaged. The original version of Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s photograph is available in Republican People’s Party (CHP)’s website.

Öztürk gave the photograph of Kılıçdaroğlu taken when he was general director of Social Insurance Institution in 1994 as a gift.

In the original photograph, the one sit next to Fethullah Gülen is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. It can be seen that the original version of Gülen and Erdoğan’s photograph is used in the news of Al Jazeera Turk. In Al Jazeera Turk’s news, it is said that the photograph belongs the 1990’s. Also, the news with the title of “Does the ties between the government and Gülen break?” in the Voice of America’s website includes the original version of the photograph of Fethullah Gülen. The caption of the photograph in the Voice of America’s website is that the photograph was taken in the meeting of the Intercultural Dialogue Platform in 1998.

The photographs of the politician who came together with Fethullah Gülen is available in the gallery section of Fethullah Gülen’s official website. Gülen’s photographs with Erdoğan also can be seen in this website. It can be reached the information that the photograph of Erdoğan and Gülen was taken in 1998 in this website.

Translation: Gizem Dikmen