Anarchists ransack Athens weekly’s headquarters

first_img Organisation Follow the news on Greece A video posted on the newspaper’s YouTube channel shows the extent of the damage caused by the approximately 15 masked individuals who stormed into its offices armed with steel bars at around 3 pm,  methodically smashed office equipment, computers and furniture and threw black paint over the walls. None of the journalists was injured.The anarchist group Rouvikonas (which is the Greek word for “Rubicon”) claimed responsibility for the attack on the Indymedia website and said it was a reprisal for a controversial post on the newspaper’s website about the death of an Armenian woman. Rouvikonas has carried out similar actions in the past. In 2016, members of the group attacked the daily newspaper Proto Thema and invaded the premises of the Greek Public Broadcaster  ERT, interrupting its broadcasting for several minutes.“Nothing can justify the use of violence against a media outlet, said RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. The Greek authorities must do everything possible to prosecute those responsible and prevent this kind of attack against the media, which are a cornerstone of every democracy.”Greek journalists have been exposed to violence by radical groups for some years. A group called OLA detonated a powerful explosive device outside the headquarters of the commercial radio and TV station Skai in December 2018 to denounce its “capitalist agenda.”Greece is ranked 65th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the ransacking of the headquarters of the Athens Voice weekly newspaper by anarchists in Athens yesterday’s and urges the Greek authorities to do everything possible to ensure that acts of violence of this kind do not go unpunished. RSF_en GreeceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists EnvironmentViolence GreeceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists EnvironmentViolence News Help by sharing this information Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Receive email alerts News Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2021 Find out more July 5, 2019 Anarchists ransack Athens weekly’s headquarters News February 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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