A veteran Greek crime reporter was
gunned down outside his Athens home on Friday, police said, sending
shockwaves in a country unaccustomed to media killings.
“The murder has shocked us all,” government spokeswoman Aristotelia
Peloni said in a statement.
“The authorities are already investigating the case,” she added.
Giorgos Karaivaz, who worked for private TV station Star and also
ran the news blog bloko.gr, was shot several times as he exited his
car outside his house in the southern Athens district of Alimos,
“I tried to park my car where he lay. I thought someone had
fainted. He was lying face down…blood was flowing onto the
sidewalk,” a woman who lives in the neighbourhood told reporters.
Flowers were left Friday on the spot where the slain journalist fell.
“I am deeply shocked following reports that journalist Giorgos
Karaivaz was shot dead in Athens,” vice president of the EU commission
in charge of values and transparency, Vera Jourova, said in a tweet.
“My thoughts are with his family and colleagues. Justice should be
served, and the safety of the journalists should be guaranteed,” she
A police source said the journalist, who was in his fifties, had
been shot by two men on a motorbike. Seventeen bullet casings were
recovered from the scene.
“The founder and owner of bloko.gr is no longer with us,”
Karaivaz’s blog said.
“Somebody chose to silence him, to stop him with bullets from
writing his stories,” it said.
“6,099 reporters will fight to uncover what happened,” said Maria
Antoniadou, head of the Esiea union of Athens daily newspaper
Karaivaz, who was one of Greece’s longest-tenured and best known
crime reporters, was married and has a 21-year-old son.
“He was extremely intelligent and one of the few fighting reporters
in the field,” said a police officer who knew Karaivaz well, speaking
on condition of anonymity.
“I can’t even process this information, I’ve known this man for 32
years,” fellow Star TV journalist Vaios Syrros said during the
station’s afternoon news show.
While Greek media offices are frequently targeted in firebomb and
vandalism attacks, journalist killings are rare in Greece.
Some journalists request police protection after receiving threats,
but Karaivaz was unguarded.
“It was not his style to request protection,” the police officer told AFP.
The shooting occurred at a time when Greek authorities had received
criticism for allocating too many police guards to a controversial TV
Hours before Karaivaz’ murder, Citizen’s Protection Minister
Michalis Chrysohoidis had suggested in parliament that state
protection system was being exploited by ‘(rodents) of the public
sphere’ who did not deserve it.
“For the last 20 years, every (police) minister has tried to take
back (officers) from ‘VIP duty’ and put them back on the front line,”
the minister said.
In July, tabloid newspaper owner Stefanos Chios survived after
being shot in the neck and chest by a hooded man outside his home.
The case is still under investigation.
In 2010, radio manager, blogger and investigative journalist
Socratis Giolias was gunned down outside his home.
At the time, state TV NET said he had been working on a story about
A shadowy far-left group claimed responsibility for the crime but
the case was never solved.
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