Greek PM calls for pressing probe into crime journalist’s homicide

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday demanded the “swift decision” of a probe into a criminal offense journalist’s homicide already condemned by main EU officers, political events and media unions.

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

Giorgos Karaivaz, who labored for personal TV station Star and likewise ran the information weblog, was shot a number of occasions Friday as he exited his automobile exterior his home within the southern Athens district of Alimos, witnesses mentioned.

He had simply returned house from work.

A police supply advised AFP the 52-year-old journalist had been shot by two males on a bike. Seventeen bullet casings had been recovered from the scene.

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

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

“Europe stands for freedom. And freedom of press would be the most sacred of all. Journalists should be capable of work safely. My ideas are with the household of George Karaivaz. I hope the criminals are quickly dropped at justice,” she mentioned.

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

“(He) was probably the most skilled crime reporters within the discipline… and was held in excessive regard by colleagues,” the Esiea union of Athens every day newspaper journalists mentioned in an announcement.

The federation of Greek law enforcement officials mentioned Karaivaz was personally thinking about bettering working situations for legislation enforcement and was “strongly important of anyone” standing of their union’s manner.

Whereas Greek media places of work are incessantly focused in firebomb and vandalism assaults, journalist killings are uncommon.

Some journalists request police safety after receiving threats, however Karaivaz was unguarded.

“It was not his fashion to request safety,” a police officer who knew Karaivaz nicely advised AFP, talking on situation of anonymity. 

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

The case remains to be underneath investigation.

In 2010, radio supervisor, blogger and investigative journalist Socratis Giolias was gunned down exterior his house. 

The case was by no means solved.


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