Greece: two journalists suspended for criticizing a minister

State TV journalists begin work stoppages in protest

30 October, 16:58

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, OCTOBER 30 - Journalists from Greek state broadcaster NET TV accused the government of censorship and began a series of work stoppages on Tuesday after two well-known presenters were suspended for criticizing a government minister, according to private broadcaster SKAI.

Their removal came on the same day Hot Doc magazine publisher Costas Vaxevanis went on trial for printing a list of 2,059 suspected Greek tax evaders hoarding an estimated 1.5-2 billion euros in Swiss bank accounts.

State NET TV yanked Marilena Katsimi and Costas Arvanitis's morning show after an on-air exchange on Monday in which they said a medical report supported allegations of police torture of detainees in the General Police Headquarters reported by the Britis newspaper The Guardian, and asked if the public order minister, Nikos Dendias, would resign over it. Today the minister announced his intention to file a lawsuit against British newspaper instead, adding that the matter was being examined by the Legal Council of the State.

The decision to suspend him and Katsimi appeared to be politically motivated and an attempt to muzzle the media, Arvanitis said. (ANSAmed).

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