Blasts Target Journalists in Athens ; Anarchist Group Says Coverage of Financial Crisis Is Too Pro- Austerity

By Alderman, Liz | International Herald Tribune, January 14, 2013 | Go to article overview

Blasts Target Journalists in Athens ; Anarchist Group Says Coverage of Financial Crisis Is Too Pro- Austerity


Alderman, Liz, International Herald Tribune


A group calling itself Lovers of Lawlessness claimed responsibility for the attacks, while it denounced coverage of the financial crisis as too sympathetic on Greek austerity measures.

The Greek police over the weekend were looking for the people responsible for detonating makeshift bombs at the homes of journalists in Athens, the latest in a series of actions taken against reporters in Greece that have raised questions about a deteriorating climate for media freedom.

An anarchist group calling itself Lovers of Lawlessness claimed responsibility for the attacks Friday, saying that coverage of the financial crisis was sympathetic to the austerity programs being imposed by the Greek government and its foreign lenders.

The news media are the "main managers of the oppressing state designs, manipulating society accordingly," the group said in an online statement.

Reporters Without Borders, a nonprofit press freedoms group, condemned the bombings, in which explosives tied to gas canisters caused minor damage at the homes of the editor of the Athens News Agency, Antonis Skylakos; and two broadcasters from private television stations, Giorgos Oikonomeas and Antonis Liaros. Petros Karsiotis, a crime reporter, and Christos Konstas, a former journalist who is now a spokesman for the government agency in charge of privatizing Greek assets, were also targets. No injuries were reported.

"These attacks are the most visible expression of an increasingly dangerous climate for all journalists, who are being turned into the scapegoats of a crisis they are just analyzing," Reporters Without Borders said. …

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