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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday called for the “swift resolution” of the investigation into the murder of a journalist, a tragedy condemned by European officials, Greek political parties and the country’s press unions.
Athens is building up the pressure. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on Saturday April 10 for a “rapid resolution” of the investigation into the murder of a journalist the day before. This after the unanimous condemnation of the tragedy by European officials, Greek political parties and the country’s press unions, where such incidents are rare.
The leader summoned his Interior Minister, Michalis Chrysochoidis, on Saturday for a meeting on the subject, according to the Prime Minister’s entourage.
Murdered journalist Giorgos Karaivaz, who worked for private television Star and ran the news site bloko.gr, was shot several times as he got out of his car outside his home in the Athenian district of Alimos on Friday, according to the report. witnesses. He was back from work.
According to a police source, the 52-year-old journalist was targeted by two men on a motorcycle, who fired 17 times, according to the cartridges found at the scene of the crime.
The murder was quickly condemned by the European Commission and the European Council for the Protection of Human Rights (CESDH).
“Killing a journalist is a heinous and cowardly act,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also tweeted on Friday. “Europe stands for freedoms. And press freedom is the most sacred of all. Journalists must be able to work in safety. My hearts go out to the family of George Karaivaz, I hope the criminals will soon be brought to the fore. justice”.
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George Karaivaz, who worked his entire career for the country’s major newspapers and televisions, was “one of the most experienced criminal journalists in the field and held in high esteem by his colleagues,” said in a statement on Esiea union of journalists of the Athenian daily press.
According to the Federation of Greek Police Officers, George Karaivaz had a particular interest in improving the working conditions of law enforcement and was “strongly critical of anyone” who did not respect their unions.
Rare murders of journalists
While the Greek media have regularly been the target of vandalism or even bomb attacks, murders of journalists are rare.
Some reporters asked for police protection after receiving threats, but George Karaivaz did not. “Asking for protection was not his style,” a police officer who knew the journalist told AFP.
The murder comes as Greek authorities have come under fire for giving too much police protection to a controversial TV presenter.
Among similar incidents, journalist Stefanos Chios survived after being shot in the neck and chest last July by a man outside his home. The case is still ongoing.
In 2010, radio director, blogger and investigative journalist Socratis Giolias was shot dead, also outside his home. The murderer has never been found.