Greece / Europe & Central Asia

Journalists attacked in Greece since 1992


CPJ joins call for Greek authorities to investigate surveillance of journalist Thanasis Koukakis

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined six other international press freedom organizations in an open letter on April 22, 2022, calling on Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other government officials to conduct a full and transparent investigation into the surveillance of journalist Thanasis Koukakis. From July to September 2021, Koukakis, a financial editor for…

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Greek journalist Thanasis Koukakis targeted by Predator spyware

Berlin, April 12, 2022 – Greek authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the surveillance of journalist Thanasis Koukakis, determine who orchestrated that monitoring, and hold them to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. From July 12 to September 24, 2021, Koukakis, a financial editor for CNN Greece and a regular…

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Greek journalists summoned over criminal investigation into corruption reporting

Berlin, January 26, 2022 – Greek authorities should drop their investigations into journalists Kostas Vaxevanis and Ioanna Papadakou and ensure that members of the press do not face criminal charges over their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. Prosecutors with the Special High Court in Athens recently summoned Vaxevanis, publisher and reporter with…

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New Greek criminal code amendment threatens journalists with jail for spreading ‘false’ information

Berlin, December 8, 2021 — Greek lawmakers should revoke an amendment to the country’s criminal code that threatens journalists with prison sentences for spreading what the prosecution deems “false” information, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 11, 2021, Greek lawmakers approved an amendment to Article 191 of the country´s criminal code that…

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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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