Vienna, 13 October 2016 – The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) supports Greek journalist, Kostas Vaxevanis, who published an open letter to Mario Draghi, president of the European Central bank. The open letter protested against the behaviour of a high representative of the Bank of Greece, who allegedly stated during a session in Greek Parliament that reading the investigative magazine HOT DOC is “dishonourable”.
Vaxevanis, who runs HOT DOC, also stated that the magazine often published information regarding legal investigations that the wife of the high representative is currently under. The journalist also criticized the practice using the official website of the National Bank of Greece as a platform to post announcements in support, as if it were a personal website.
SEEMO fully supports Kostas Vaxevanis in his calls for EU authorities to pay attention and monitor the behaviour of the heads of Greek institutions.
SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives, and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe, and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.