08 Feb 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 22 Jun 2016 n° 66/2016 Greece

Sport Journalist Kyriakos Thomaidis Faces Arrest after Police Raid on Skai TV's Building

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
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On Tuesday 14 June 2016, at midnight, the public prosecutor accompanied with police officers entered the private TV channel Skai in Athens to arrest sport journalist Kyriakos Thomaidis who presents "Court trial at Skai", a programme which addresses controversial issues in Greek sports. The journalist is being sought in connection with a complaint filed by Olympiakos soccer club’s owner Vangelis Marinakis allegedly for defamatory comments in the programme. Officers had earlier attempted to arrest the journalist at the TV station but he refused to follow them, arguing they had no arrest warrant against him. They returned later with the prosecutor but Thomaidis had left after presenting his programme and they spent about 40 minutes searching the premises for him before leaving at around 2.40 a.m., according to reports. Skai TV’s management condemned the midnight raid which they described as “unprecedented” and an “affront to the rule of law and the freedom of the press.”
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08 Feb 2017
On 20 December 2016, Kyriakos Thomaidis alongside Giannis Alafouzos, owner of SKAI TV Station, were found guilty in two separate decisions, and convicted to 1 year and 4 months imprisonment and a €5,000 fine in one case and to 1 year imprisonment and a €5,000 fine in another.
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