March 5, 2009


Vienna, 05/03/2009

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is concerned about the continuous attacks on the media in Greece.

According to information received by SEEMO, during the evening of 26 February 2009 the offices of the Athens-based newspaper Apogevmatini were attacked by a group of masked men throwing rocks and wielding iron. Damage was caused to the premises of the newspaper and to several cars parked outside the building.

Less than two weeks ago, four armed men fired shots and threw a suspected explosive device outside the central offices of TV Alter in Athens.

SEEMO notes with concern this trend of attacks against journalists in Greece. It calls on the authorities to demonstrate their commitment to the protection of journalists, and press freedom in general, by taking all steps possible to counter these disturbing developments.

The media functions as an important pillar of democracy in society by providing information in the interest of the public, said Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General, SEEMO calls for the maintenance of a safe working environment for journalists and media outlets in Greece. Any attacks against journalists must be fully investigated and carry consequences.