On Friday, April 9, 2021, witnesses to the murder of Greek journalist Giorgos Karaivaz said: “Everything happened quickly within 15 seconds.” Debord.
An urban green chemical man near the crime scene described a cold-blooded murder in the southern suburbs of the Greek capital Athens on the TV channel ANT1 on Friday afternoon.
Witnesses said that he was working with two colleagues in the park in front of the reporter’s house. They heard a loud noise and turned around-saw the killer fired a deadly bullet at Karaivaz. Then, two masked men on a scooter disappeared.
According to the police, Giorgos Karaivaz was shot from a “clean” pistol, so the caliber of 9 mm is unknown to the police. Ten bullets hit him in the chest and head, and 13 shell casings were found at the scene.
A police spokesperson said that the Greek security department suspected that the killing contract was executed by a professional assassin. The perpetrators and their clients are being searched “all-round”.
The President of the European Commission Ursula von Delane also expressed shock.
Such killings are very rare in Greece. The public and media workers were shocked. Welcome to Mexico is today’s daily democracy headline. The front page of Kontra novosti every day says that we have become Colombia in the Balkans.
Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis invited Civil Defense Minister Michalis Chrysohoidis to take office. Mikotakis said on Twitter: “The cold-blooded murder of journalist Giorgos Karaivaz shocked the entire society.” He urged the case to be clarified as soon as possible.
After meeting with the prime minister, Minister Chrysochoidis said: “The murder of Giorgos Karaivaz is a terrible crime.” The minister added: “The Greek government attaches special importance to press freedom.”
At the same time, Chrysochoidis emphasized that Greece has one of the lowest homicide rates in Europe, and Athens is a safe city. Of course, there are crimes and murders in this EU member state, but murder of journalists is rare.
Since the end of the Greek dictatorship, the only similar murder victim in recent decades has been the journalist Sokratis Giolias-he was shot and killed in front of his house in 2010. His murderer was never found.
Giorgos Karaivaz, 52, is an experienced police reporter. For decades, he has worked for many well-known newspapers and radio stations, and also runs the news blog bloko.gr. He is one of the few investigative journalists in the industry and is considered a kind, confident colleague and calm person.
Karaivaz did not feel threatened. According to the authorities, he has never applied for a weapons permit or even for police protection.
However, Karaivaz has recently been reporting a lot of information about the dark affairs of corrupt officials associated with the underground-this is why the public is putting pressure on the authorities to quickly resolve the murders.
Maria Antoniadu, president of the Association of Journalists in Athens, said in a frequently quoted press statement: “It is wrong for him to think he would silence reporters in this way.” Soon after the murder, Antoniadu was on the scene. Maria Antoniadu said that in their association alone, another 6,099 journalists were organized “They will continue to investigate. No one will stop their journalistic work in Greece.”