Giorgos Karaivaz

The well-known Greek television reporter for Star TV and the founder of ther news website was gunned down outside his house in Athens. Police said that the veteran crime reporter was shot as he returned home from a shift on a daytime show on Star TV when he was ambushed by two men on a moped and shot at least six times, killing him instantly.

According to witnesses, the murder took place at around 2.30pm as the journalist was getting out of his car near his house in Themou Anninou Street in the southern Athens suburb of Alimos. Deputy minister for citizen's protection Lefteris Economou suggested a link between the killing and organized crime. Police said they had collected 12 bullet casings at the scene.

Police believed the gunman, who was the passenger on the scooter, used a weapon with silence as people in the neighbourhood at the time did not hear loud gunshots. Reports suggested it was a handgun. Media reports added that police sources confirmed that the journalist had not reported any threats against him nor asked for police protection.