06 Dec 2018 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 21 Aug 2018 n° 85/2018 Greece

Journalist Stratis Balaska Threatened by Golden Dawn Members

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Greek journalist Stratis Balaska has been under online and verbal attacks by persons aligned with neo-nazi movement 'Golden Dawn' concerning his journalist work on refugees. On 12 August 2018, the journalist reported to have been threatened on the street at the port of Mytilon by three men, who he said belong to the extremist group. On 15 August, Balaska was verbally attacked by another person while covering a fire that erupted at the Tsamakia city park. On 16 August, after publishing an editorial concerning Mytilon's chapel of Virgin Mary and its significance to refugee women, an online attack was coordinated against him inciting harassment, death threats and calling for "punishment he deserves". Balaska filed a complaint with the police authorities, which resulted in the arrest of three police officers and a military officer for the coordinated online attack. Overall 15 people have been named for prosecution in regards to the online threats against the journalist.
06 Dec 2018: On 6 December 2018, given the actions of the authorities in identifying the culprits and bringing them before the competent prosecuting authority, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
State replies
14 Sep 2018
Reply from the Greek authorities (Response from the Ministry of Citizen's protection)
29 Aug 2018
Response of the Greek authorities (Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights)
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