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Journalists attacked in Greece since 1992

  
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— Greek authorities should overturn the conviction of journalist Kostas Vaxevanis on appeal and reform the country’s outdated criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.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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Demonstrators hold Greek flags in a cloud of tear gas during clashes at a rally in Athens on January 20, 2019. Several journalists were assaulted while covering the demonstration. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

Journalists assaulted by far-right demonstrators in Greece

Berlin, January 24, 2019–Greek authorities should quickly and thoroughly investigate the assault and harassment of reporters and photojournalists at a protest in Athens on January 20 and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A newspaper stand in Athens, in July 2017. Police detained three journalists at the daily paper Fileleftheros, after a politician filed a defamation complaint. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)

Three journalists detained in Greece after minister files complaint

Athens police on September 22, 2018 detained three journalists from the daily newspaper Fileleftheros, for one day after Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kammenos accused the paper of defaming him in an article that alleged mishandling of EU funds for migrant and refugee centers, the daily newspaper Ekathimerini reported.

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Greek police raid newspaper office

Roughly 10 police officers on January 10, 2017, raided the Athens headquarters of the Greek daily newspaper Parapolitika and arrested the newspaper’s director, Panagiotis Tzenos, Greek and regional media reported. The newspaper’s publisher, Yiannis Kourtakis, was taken into custody later that day, according to Greek media reports.

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Hungarian police try to stop a young migrant with a baby in September 2015. Journalists covering the refugee story report being harassed, blocked and sometimes attacked. (Reuters/Marko Diurica)

Journalists not welcome: Across Europe, press and migrants increasingly barred

“The press is not allowed in refugee centers.” The message from the Greek government could not have been clearer. “No permission will be given to television crews and reporters to enter such premises that hosts refugees,” Yannis Mouzalas, the minister in charge of immigration policy, said in a February 29 statement. In protest the Pan-Hellenic…

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