04 Mar 2020 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 04 Mar 2020 n° 23/2020 Greece

Anti-Refugee Protesters Attack Journalists

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner CPJ Article 19 AEJ EBU RSF
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On 1 March 2020, a group of protesters at the port of Thermi, on the island of Lesbos, attempted to block refugees traveling into the country from Turkey, and attacked journalists who were covering the refugees’ arrival, according to social media posts and news reports.

The protesters kicked and beat freelance photojournalist Michael Trammer, and threw his cameras into the water, the journalist tweeted. Trammer told CPJ via messaging app that he went to a local emergency room after the attack with injuries to his head, where he received stitches and an x-ray and was released.

The protesters kicked and beat freelance photographer Raphael Knipping, and hit him with his camera tripod, he wrote on Twitter. He wrote that Trammer was more seriously injured and that he was “ok.”

Protesters threw sticks at Der Spiegel reporter Giorgos Christides and chased his car while he was attempting to report on the refugees’ arrival, he wrote on Twitter, adding that the assailants built roadblocks to obstruct reporters and human rights workers. Julian Busch, a freelance photojournalist, posted a video on Twitter showing local residents throwing sticks at the car that he and freelance journalist Franziska Grillmeier were driving.

Trammer said he did not see any Greek police officers at the scene. Christides tweeted that police were “watching or non existent.”

CPJ emailed the press department of the Greek national police for comment but did not immediately receive a reply.
Updates
New 05 Mar 2020
On 2 March, journalist Quentin Warlop and his cameraman -working for the Belgian public broadcaster RTBF- were threatened and pushed by the protesters, while the journalists were live during a duplex with the TV5 Monde news broadcast.
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Key information :

Michael Trammer, Julian Busch and Franziska Grillmeier

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