World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

SEEMO Condemns Police Treatment of Greek Journalist

SEEMO Condemns Police Treatment of Greek Journalist

Vienna, 8 August 2012 - The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemned the detention and alleged hitting of Dimitri Popota, a journalist with the Athens–based weekly Protothema.

On 7 August 2012, Popota was covering the transfer of a high-profile rape suspect from the police station to the court house on the island of Syros in the Aegean Sea. He attempted to take a photograph of the suspect as he was escorted from the police station to the court house when a police officer allegedly hit his hand. Showing his journalist credentials did not help: Popota was detained without any explanation, according to witnesses interviewed by SEEMO. An hour later he was released.

As a reporter who specialises in covering crime, Popota has special accreditation issued by the Ministry of the Interior.

“Journalists cannot be hit and detained arbitrarily,” SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said. “I hope that this incident will be investigated and the perpetrator brought to justice.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN News: ‘Things Have To Change’ Canada’s Trudeau Declares Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the world must change, as multilateral systems established decades ago are not working as they should, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada told the UN General Assembly on Friday. “The world is in crisis, and ... More>>

Assange's Hearing: Latest Observations From Court

Despite severe restrictions on observers, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the only NGO that has gained access to the hearing, and we’ve managed to monitor proceedings on most days. We will continue to do so whenever possible. Yesterday I was in court ... More>>

USA: Investors ‘freaking’ Over Possible Contested Outcome Of Election: Poll

A disputed result in November’s U.S. presidential election is now the number one concern for investors – even ahead of a second wave of Covid-19 – according to a new global survey. The poll carried out by deVere Group, one of the world’s largest ... More>>

ILO: Impact On Workers Of COVID-19 Is ‘catastrophic’

COVID-19 has had a “catastrophic” impact on workers, the head of the International Labour Organization ( ILO ) said on Wednesday, with lost working hours higher than originally forecast, and equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs globally in the ... More>>