11 Jun 2019 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 11 Dec 2018 n° 139/2018 Greece
A Journalist Dismissed Under the Pressure of Supporters of a Football Club
The Greek journalist Vangelis Braoudakis was dismissed on 30 November 2018 by the management of the daily "Ethnos", under the pressure of supporters of the football club PAOK, who publicly claimed his dismissal. On 5 October, Radio FM in Thessaloniki devoted two hours of broadcasting to the violent recriminations of the supporters of the PAOK football club against journalist Vangelis Broudakis, accused of being "an enemy of the club". His dismissal was explicitly claimed on the air. The harassment campaign continued on social networks. "Ethnos" ended up dismissing the journalist. The Journalists’ Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers (JUADN-ESIEA) denounced "this illegal and abusive dismissal", condemning the incessant maneuvers of intimidation of supporters towards journalists.
11 Jun 2019: On 11 June 2019, given that no case had been filed by the journalist, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be “resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
- Rapport Mapping Media Freedom (en anglais) : "Greece: Sports journalist fired after pressure from football club supporters"
- Article by To10.gr (in Greek): "Η ΕΣΗΕΑ καταγγέλλει την απόλυση του Βαγγέλη Μπραουδάκη από την εφημερίδα «Έθνος»"
- Statement by ESIEA union (in Greek): "Ορθή επανάληψη: Η ΕΣΗΕΑ καταγγέλλει την απόλυση του συναδέλφου Βαγγέλη Μπραουδάκη από την εφημερίδα «Έθνος»"
23 Jan 2019
Reply from the Greek authorities