25 May 2016 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 09 Dec 2015 Greece

Journalists Detained and Barred from Entering Idomeni to Report on Treatment of Refugees

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 9 December 2015, according to verified reports from ESIEMTH (EFJ-IFJ affiliate in Greece), at least two Greek journalists and two photojournalists were detained in Idomeni just before the local police started an extended operation to remove refugees from the camp. Under the pretext of personal data authentication, policemen asked journalists to follow them to a police station far away from the field of action in order to prevent media coverage. All detained journalists were released later but access to the camp of Idomeni is still denied to journalists and other NGOs.
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25 May 2016
On 24 May the authorities began the operation to gradually evacuate the Idomeni refugee camp, blocking access to the area and barring all journalists from the operations, with the exception of those working for the Public Broadcaster and the National Press Agency.
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