06 Dec 2018 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 07 Apr 2017 n° 21/2017 Greece

Two Journalists Harassed by Far-Right Wing Protesters

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index
On 20 February 2017, two journalists were harassed by far-right wing protesters while reporting live in Thessaloniki, Greece. Maria Travlou, who works for the public broadcaster ERT3, and Eleni Latrou, for the private station Skai TV, were insulted and stopped from doing their job by some men and women part of the so-called "Patriots' Organisation" demonstrating outside a school. They were preventing refugee children from attending classes.
The protesters covered the camera lens with their hands and shouted at the journalists, ordering them to leave the place. The anchor decided to stop broadcasting the scene after a few minutes.
06 Dec 2018: On 6 December 2018, after consideration of the authorities’ response to this alert, the partner organisations of the Platform declared this case to be "resolved”, concluding that it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
State replies
07 Apr 2017
Reply from the Greek authorities (Ministry of Justice)
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