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SEEMO Concerned by Media Pressure in Greece

Group Calls on All Political Parties to Respect Democratic Principles

VIENNA, May 7, 2012 – The Vienna-based South East Media Organisation
(SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is
concerned by the latest pressures and threats exerted on the media by
the Greek Golden Dawn party. The party, commonly described as a
radical, right-wing party, obtained 6.9 percent of the votes, or 21
out of 300 seats in the Greek parliament, during the May 6, 2012
elections.

On the evening following the election, Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos
Michaloliakos appeared at his first press conference after the
elections. As reporters were waiting for Michaloliakos to arrive,
party members ordered journalists to stand to show respect for him.
When some journalists refused to obey the orders they were expelled
from the room, as shown on a video posted on the website of
Protothema. According to Greek media outlets To Vima and Protothema,
mostly foreign journalists remained in the room.

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