"Worrying media developments in Greece"
26 August 2010 | 13:17 | Source: B92
VIENNA -- The South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO) expressed its concern at the statement issued by the Greek organization Revolutionary Sect.
The group claimed the murder of Greek Journalist Socrates Giolias, the network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East and Central Europe explained.
According to information received by SEEMO, Revolutionary Sect's statement, which was published in the Greek newspaper Ta Nea on 28 July 2010, contains explicit smears against several journalists, and threats against the life and well-being of Nikos Hadjinikolaou, a well-known news anchor for ALTER, one of Greece's foremost TV channels, and also threatens policemen and businessmen.
SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujović was quoted as saying that the threats and smear tactics "must not be taken lightly".
"This organization has shown that it is ready to murder people as 'punishment' for 'errors' it attributes to them. SEEMO would like to call upon the Greek government to take all possible measures to safeguard the ability of journalists to exercise their profession."
"The current developments appear to be even more serious that the unsuccessful November 2009 bomb attacks on the offices of Moschos Voitsidis, president of the Journalists' Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers, and the home of Panayotis Nestoridis, a former Journalists' Union of Macedonia vice-president," Vujović said in a SEEMO statement published in Vienna.
"Although the condition of journalists in Greece was for a long time considered better than in most countries in the region, the last year has shown that the situation may be deteriorating. The rise of an organization proclaiming its intention to 'make blood flow', leaving 'not a millimeter of safe refuge in the lives' of journalists, should set alarm bells ringing," Vujović concluded.