Journalist to face investigation over video showing police brutality

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Turkish former journalist turned CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoglu (C), escorted by a Turkish gendarme, takes part to his stepfather's funeral on June 23, 2017 in Istanbul. Turkey's main opposition leader, Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, called for a "walk of justice" after former journalist turned CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoglu was sentenced to 25 years in jail on June 14, 2017 for leaking classified information to a newspaper. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Journalist Zülal Koçer announced on Monday that an Istanbul prosecutor launched an investigation against her over a video she recorded during this year’s Women’s March.

Koçer’s video showed a police officer dragging a woman by her hair to detain her.

“This video I shared on my social media account was shared many times, and many times the police directorate and interior ministry were tagged in the replies,” Koçer said in a tweet message quoting her earlier tweet tagged with video showing a woman being dragged by the police forces.

The journalist was informed of the investigation via phone. “I do not yet know the alleged crime,” she said. “But the only thing I did that day was journalism.” Turkey’s left-wing newspaper Evrensel said.

“Journalists are targeted and made into criminals whenever they do work that exposes the faults of this state,” she continued. “But crime belongs to those who commit it, not the journalist who unearths it.”

Sexual harassment and violence against women have become a daily reality on Turkey’s news cycle, though some cases still have the power to shock Turkish society into some action.

Violence against women has seen a sharp increase under Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) with over 15,557 women murdered in the country since the Islamist party came to power in 2002, Birgün newspaper reported.

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