PPF condemns attack on journalists in Athens

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Prokopis Pavlopoulos, President of Greece has expressed deep concern over the attack on three journalists covering protests outside the parliament house in Athens.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, has denounced this unjustified attack on journalists in the line of duty and called on the authorities and law enforcement agencies to thoroughly interrogate the matter and hold those responsible for this vicious act.

According to European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), three journalists including German journalist Thomas Jacobi, Greek photojournalist Kostis Ntantamis and a cameraman of the state owned broadcaster ERT were attacked by the followers of Greek Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn.

The journalists were covering the demonstrations held outside the parliaments building on Syntagma Square regarding renaming of North Macedonia.

The demonstrators hit Jacobi on his face after they recognized his previous work on Golden Dawn, the 2015 documentary “Golden Dawn: A Personal Affair. What’s in the mind of the Neo-Nazi next door?”

The protestors beaten Jacobi injuring his face, damaged his equipment’s and asked him to remove footage and pictures he taken on his mobile phone.

On another place during same protest, unidentified demonstrators assaulted photojournalist Ntantamis, injuring his head while his equipment was also stolen.