Hengameh Yaghoobifarah: “taz” editorial team is looking for threats to protect the police

Germany Hengameh Yaghoobifarah

“Taz” editorial team is looking for threats to protect the police

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Seehofer does not file a criminal complaint against “taz” employee

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Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) is now not filing a criminal complaint against a “taz” employee. The trigger was a controversial column in the newspaper. Instead, he relies on dialogue.

The controversial column in the “taz”, according to which the landfill is the “suitable place” for police officers, is now drawing further discussion circles. The editorial team is now contacting the police and asking for help.

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Dhe editors of “taz” sought support from the police because of threats against the author of the controversial “taz” column “All cops are disabled”. Both the author Hengameh Yaghoobifarah and the newspaper editors received threats in relation to the column, the deputy editor-in-chief Katrin Gottschalk confirmed to WELT.

The request for a consultation and security interview with the Berlin police came from the editors themselves, not from Yaghoobifarah. This was reported by the news magazine “Focus” on Sunday, referring to information from Berlin police circles. Numerous telephone calls and e-mails were received in the editorial office several days ago, some of which could be classified as a direct threat to the journalist’s physical well-being.

The deputy editor-in-chief clarified that in Berlin police officers from the neighboring district near the “taz” offices were taking care of the security of the editorial office, as “Focus” reports, had nothing to do with the current threats. These are the usual security measures that are also used for other media companies in Berlin.

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In her column, Yaghoobifarah had considered where police officers could work if the police were abolished. She concludes that there is only “one suitable option”, “the landfill”.

Editor-in-chief apologized

A lot of criticism came from the professional group and from politicians. The German police union filed a criminal complaint. The German Press Council – the voluntary self-regulation of the press – received more than 50 complaints. The comparison of police officers with waste caused outrage and also discussions within the “taz”. Editor-in-chief Barbara Junge apologized for the choice of words.

Contrary to an earlier announcement last week, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) finally decided not to file a criminal complaint against the columnist.

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