Greece - Alerts
Reporters Without Borders wishes to express its disgust at the assault on several journalists by the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris in the course of a live televised debate today during which he also attacked two left-wing deputies.
"They had me on the ground and were beating me. . . I can say with absolute certainty that they knew I was a journalist," said Konstantinos Bogdanos, who sustained a head injury and broken hand in the attack.
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Photographer Marios Lolos was hit on the head by riot police and underwent emergency surgery to his skull as a result.
The fines against "Gundum" and "Millet" are so high that if convicted, the papers will be forced to close and the journalists might end up in prison.
A case was launched against the publisher of "FOCUS" magazine and several journalists after the German magazine criticised Greece over the debt crisis.
Goran Momirovski and Milena Gjorgjievska were detained in a street and held for two hours while police reviewed their filmed material in order to make sure no public buildings were filmed.
Representatives of taxi drivers' organisations, who have been protesting a decision to deregulate their profession, vented their anger against the TV channel.
The rise of an organisation proclaiming its intention to "make blood flow", leaving "not a millimetre of safe refuge in the lives" of journalists, should set alarm bells ringing," IPI said.
Sokratis Giolias, director of the private radio station Thema 98.9 and contributor to the popular online news blog Troktikos, was about to publish results of an investigation into corruption.
A criminal complaint was filed against journalist Takis Michas in July 2009.
In the most recent incident, sports reporters covering the AEK-Olympiakos Championship football match in Athens were violently beaten.
The office of a journalists' union leader and the home of a union vice-president were targetted in separate bombings.
A publisher and managing director of an extreme right newspaper has been convicted of slandering GHM Spokesperson Panayote Dimitras.
(GHM/IFEX) - On 2 May 2009, at the Greek-Albanian Kristallopigi (Florina) border crossing, 86-year old French citizen Jean (Iancu) Perifan was refused entry into Greece. He was given a refusal of entry note in Greek and Albanian (he speaks neither language) explaining that he was being refused entry because he was an "individual dangerous for national security".
(GHM/IFEX) - 2 May 2009 - The Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), on the occasion of tomorrow's World Press Freedom Day, denounces the abuse of press freedom by Greece's largest newspaper, which systematically attacks academics and European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judges for views expressed or judgments issued that are perceived by the prevailing nationalist hysteria as "anti-Greek." What is even more condemnable is that absolutely no one has ever denounced that newspaper's attacks, not even the colleagues of those targeted.
(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is a 27 February 2009 IFJ media release:
(IPI/IFEX) - The following is a 25 February 2009 press release by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an IPI affiliate: