Greece / Europe & Central Asia

Journalists attacked in Greece since 1992

  

Greek police detain and question Dutch TV crew covering refugees

Berlin, June 8, 2021 — Greek authorities should allow journalists to cover refugee movements and other events of public interest without police interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On May 29, police in Dikaia, a Greek town near the borders of Bulgaria and Turkey, stopped a reporting team from the Dutch public broadcaster…

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Greek police arrest 3 suspects in alleged assassination plot of journalist Kostas Vaxevanis

Berlin, April 30, 2021 — Greek authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the alleged assassination plot targeting investigative journalist Kostas Vaxevanis and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 23, Vaxevanis, an investigative journalist and editor of the Documento newspaper, published an article in the paper stating that he had…

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Veteran crime reporter Giorgos Karaivaz shot and killed in Greece

New York, April 9, 2021 — In response to today’s killing of journalist Giorgos Karaivaz near his home in Athens, Greece, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “We strongly condemn this fatal shooting of veteran crime reporter Giorgos Karaivaz, express our deep condolences to his family and colleagues, and call on Greek…

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Greek police detain, question journalist Antonis Rigopoulos for allegedly wearing incorrect mask at protest

On November 17, 2020, traffic police in Athens stopped Greek journalist Antonis Rigopoulos while he was covering a protest, and proceeded to detain him and question him about his work, according to a report by his employer, the news website Documento, and Rigopoulos, who communicated with CPJ via email. Rigopoulos was using his cellphone to…

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Employees are seen at the control room of Greek broadcaster Skai in Athens on August 30, 2016. Two bombs recently exploded at the Skai offices. (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)

Bombs explode outside offices of Greek newspaper and TV station

In the early hours of April 18, 2020, two fire bombs exploded outside the Athens offices of the Skai Media Group, which houses the daily Kathimerini newspaper and the Skai radio and TV broadcaster, according to a report by Kathimerini.

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People from Afghanistan arrive on the island of Lesbos, in Greece, on March 2, 2020. Journalists covering the refugees' arrival were recently attacked by Greek protesters. (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)

Anti-refugee protesters attack journalists in Greece

Berlin, March 3, 2020 — Greek authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate attacks on reporters covering refugee movements and ensure the safety of journalists who report on events of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalist Kostas Vaxevanis is seen in Athens on October 29, 2012. Vaxevanis was recently convicted in a criminal defamation suit. (AP/Eurokinissi)

Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis handed suspended prison sentence for tweeting meme

Berlin, January 31, 2020 — Greek authorities should overturn the conviction of journalist Kostas Vaxevanis on appeal and reform the country’s outdated criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalist Thomas Jacobi is seen after being attacked while covering a protest in Athens, Greece, on January 19, 2020. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)

Far-right demonstrators assault reporter Thomas Jacobi in Greece

Berlin, January 21, 2020 – Greek authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate an attack on reporter Thomas Jacobi by protesters in Athens and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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The Athens Voice offices are seen after being ransacked on July 4, 2019. Greek anarchist group Rouvikonas has claimed credit for the attack. (Image via Athens Voice)

Anarchist group ransacks office of Greek newspaper

Berlin, July 9, 2019 — Greek authorities must quickly and thoroughly investigate the ransacking of the offices of Greek weekly newspaper Athens Voice and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Athens, Greece, on November 13, 2018. CNN Greek reporter Mina Karamitrou's car was recently destroyed by a bomb in an Athens suburb. (AP/Petros Giannakouris)

Greek CNN reporter Mina Karamitrou’s car destroyed by bomb

Berlin, May 14, 2019 — Greek authorities must ensure the safety of police reporter Mina Karamitrou, thoroughly investigate the bombing of her car overnight, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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