Probe launched into police chief for threatening journalists during protest
An investigation has been launched into Istanbul Security Branch Manager Hanifi Zengin, who is known for his threats and abusive behaviors against journalists, women and LGBT people during protests.
Turkey’s General Directorate of Security (EGM) has launched an investigation into Istanbul Security Branch Manager Hanifi Zengin over his threats to journalists during a protest.
Zengin on July 7 threatened Artı TV reporter Meral Danyıldız and cameraperson Bilal Meyveci during healthcare workers’ protest.
“Hanifi Zengin just walked over to me. He threatened my cameraman, Bilal Meyveci, by saying 'If you don't record me stepping on your feet, we will meet with you',” Danyıldız reported on July 7.
Hanifi Zengin az önce benim üzerime yürüdü. Kameramanım Bilal Meyveci'ye "ayağına bastığımı çektin mi cekmezsen seninle görüşeceğiz" diye tehdit etti. Kurumumu tüm polislerin ortasında yüksek sesle bağırıp hedef gösterdi. Kadın olarak bir kadına vurmasina yediremedigim için. pic.twitter.com/a5mDVfJNdl— Meral Danyıldız (@meraldanyildiz) July 7, 2022
Following the incident, the Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) filed criminal complaints against Hanifi Zengin over the charges of "abuse of duty", "threat", "violation of freedom of work and employment".
After the evaluation of the criminal complaint, the lawyers of Bilal Meyveci were informed that an investigation was launched by the EGM against police chief Zengin, according to reporting by the MLSA on Aug. 28.
"The opening of an investigation against Hanifi Zengin, who threatens journalists, is just one step, we want to see results," Reporters Without Borders (RSF) representative Erol Önderoğlu said.
RSF Temsilcisi @ErolOnderoglu: Gazetecileri tehdit eden İstanbul Emniyet Müdürlüğü Güvenlik Şube Müdürü Hanifi Zengin hakkında soruşturma açılması sadece bir adım, sonuç görmek istiyoruz. Artık gazeteciler, kendileri ve haklarıyla alay eden kamu görevlisi ve görevli istemiyor! https://t.co/pHol1NMawh— RSF Türkçe (@RSF_tr) August 28, 2022
The moments of police chief Zengin sexually harassing women during the Pride march was also circulated through social media. He also ordered AFP photojournalist Bülent Kılıç to be detained during the same march.
Tacizci polis ifşa oldu ❗— Umut Gazetesi (@gazeteumut) June 27, 2022
Dün #OnurYürüyüşü'ne saldırı esnasında görüntülerde yer alan şapkalı polisin bir eylemciye elle cinsel tacizde bulunduğu ve taciz sırasında "güldüğü" görüldü pic.twitter.com/xLGqhPikBY