Greek PM calls for swift probe into journalist’s homicide

Karaivaz, who labored for a non-public TV channel, was shot a number of instances on Friday exterior his home.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has demanded the “swift decision” of an investigation into against the law journalist’s homicide that has already been condemned by main European Union officers, political events and media unions.

Giorgos Karaivaz, who labored for personal TV station Star and in addition ran the information weblog bloko.gr, was shot a number of instances on Friday as he exited his automobile exterior his home within the southern Athens district of Alimos after getting back from work, witnesses stated.

Police stated Karaivaz, 52, was shot by two people on a motorbike who fired a number of rounds. At the very least 12 bullet casings had been collected from the scene, a police official stated.

PM Mitsotakis summoned the police minister, Michalis Chrysochoidis, to a Saturday assembly on the case, the PM’s workplace stated.

The homicide was condemned by the European Fee and the Council of Europe commissioner for human rights.

“Murdering a journalist is a despicable, cowardly act,” European Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen tweeted on Friday.

Karaivaz had labored for a few of Greece’s main newspapers and TV channels in a 32-year profession.

“[He] was some of the skilled crime reporters within the subject… and was held in excessive regard by colleagues,” the ESIEA union of Athens each day newspaper journalists stated in an announcement.

The federation of Greek cops stated Karaivaz was fascinated about enhancing working situations for regulation enforcement and was “strongly essential of anyone” standing of their union’s method.

Assaults concentrating on media

Whereas Greek media workplaces are regularly focused in firebomb and vandalism assaults, journalist killings are uncommon.

Some journalists request police safety after receiving threats, however Karaivaz was unguarded as he, in response to native stories, didn’t ask for cover.

The capturing occurred at a time when Greek authorities had obtained criticism for allocating too many police guards to a controversial TV presenter.

In July final 12 months, tabloid editor Stefanos Chios survived after being shot within the neck and chest by a hooded man exterior his house.

The incident continues to be beneath investigation.

In 2010, radio supervisor, blogger and investigative journalist Socratis Giolias was gunned down exterior his house. The case has not been solved.

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