EFJ Calls on Greek Authorities to Respect Journalists' Rights

 The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today condemned the

behavior of the Greek police who prevented journalists from

operating freely during recent

demonstrations in Athens.

"We call upon the Greek authorities, and in particular the police, to let

journalists and media workers do their work freely. The Greek people as well as

European citizen have to know exactly what is happening in Greece. This implies

the respect for basic standards of press freedom".

On Friday 17 February, the Greek police prevented Greek journalists

Dimitris Trimis, George Savvides and Giorgos Katerinis, from communicating with a

German journalist who was arrested for demonstrating peacefully outside the

German Embassy in Athens. All three journalists are also leaders of the EFJ

affiliates, the Panhellennic Federation of Journalists Unions (PFJU) and the

Journalists' Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (JUADN). Together with their

lawyers they were obstructed by the police from talking to a group of German

activists who were protesting against German government policy over Greece.

The EFJ is the European group

of the International Federation of Journalists
The EFJ represents over 260,000 journalists in 30 countries
For more information contact the EFJ at +32 2 235.2200