An explosive device placed under the journalist’s car was detonated in the early hours of the morning outside her home; no-one was injured.
Supporters of Golden Dawn assaulted and harassed reporters and photojournalists at a demonstration against the government’s expected approval this week of a deal changing neighbouring Macedonia’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia.
Three journalists were arrested and held overnight in an Athens police cell after the defence minister, Panos Kammenos, filed a defamation complaint against them.
Despite an ongoing trial that has sapped its popular appeal, members of the Greek press are still under pressure from neo-Nazi, far-right organisation Golden Dawn. Journalists have been targeted with libel charges and physical violence.
“I am really worried that this sentence will prohibit other journalists from writing freely and force them to censorship themselves,” journalist Stratis Balaskas says.
The aim of the charter is to discourage and denounce climates of intolerance, guarantee the right to freedom of expression and press freedom and the rights of refugees and provide journalists with conditions of voluntary commitment in performing their duties.
Demitrios Perros was severely attacked by unknown assailants on 4 February while covering a protest rally organized by public and private sector worker confederations.
Statistics kept by the Hellenic Photojournalists’ Union indicate that just one of 16 incidents of police aggression against photojournalists between 2010 and 2014 has resulted in legal consequences.
The proposed changes would scrap the law’s minimum limit for compensation in defamation cases and institute a mandatory 20-day pre-trial period during which the impugned media outlet would have the opportunity to publish a retraction.
A court in Athens on March 30 found Kostas Vaxevanis guilty of criminally defaming a well-known Greek businessman in his magazine, HotDoc, which described Vgenopoulos’s alleged role in the 2012-2013 Cyprus financial crisis.
Members of Greek parliament should amend the draft to include measures to combat racist violence and protect free speech, Human Rights Watch said on 2 September 2014.
On 11 June 2014, journalists across Greece will hold a four-hour work stoppage as a reminder to the government that it has failed to fulfil its promise to restore an independent public broadcaster for the Greek public.