Far-right activists harass Greek reporter over refugee coverage

first_img News News RSF has already sounded the alarm about Golden Dawn violence against journalists and, in June, RSF issued a report on the methods used in many countries to obstruct media coverage of refugees. “The arrests of several of the people responsible for these coordinated attacks, all members of a far-right group, is a positive sign,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk.“We urge the Greek authorities to send a strong signal to all the extremist and racist groups that target journalists for covering a reality that annoys them. Verbal and online attacks of this kind must be punished in order to put a stop to them and, above all, to deter any attempt to pass from words to action.” RSF_en Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom GreeceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists PredatorsViolence Balaskas said three supporters of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn threatened him and insulted him on the street in Mytilene on 12 August. Another man verbally attacked him three days later, while he was covering a fire in the city’s Tsamakia park. The next day, 16 August, one of his articles was circulated on far-right social media pages, triggering a coordinated online campaign of harassment that included death threats and calls for Balaskas to be given the “punishment he deserves.” Balaskas filed a complaint about the intimidation attempts, which are increasingly being used by Golden Dawn members and other far-right activists who hate refugees and target reporters covering the migrant crisis. “I expose the false stories they spread about the immigrants and that’s what they don’t accept,” Balaskas said. It was not isolated case. Several journalists were physically attacked on the island in May while covering a demonstration in support of migrants. The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Receive email alerts GreeceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists PredatorsViolence The target of the far-right threats was Stratis Balaskas, a journalist based in the island’s port city, Mytilene, who specializes in covering refugee-related stories for Greece’s state-owned news agency, ANA-MPA, and for a local news website, Lesvosnews.net.  News Organisation February 2, 2021 Find out more As a result of Balaskas’ complaint, the authorities said they intended to prosecute a total of 15 people including an army officer and three policemen, one of whom was previously arrested for hitting an Albanian migrant and then released after he apologized. Greece is ranked 74th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. August 29, 2018 Far-right activists harass Greek reporter over refugee coverage Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a campaign of online harassment and verbal threats by neo-Nazis and other far-right activists in mid-August against a reporter on the Greek island of Lesbos, and calls on the authorities to do everything possible to deter extremist groups from attacking journalists. June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News April 29, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Greece to go furtherlast_img read more

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first_imgTemperatures are dropping, leaves are falling, and home gardeners are beginning to plan their fall vegetables.If you’re new to food gardening, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers tips that should lead to a successful fall harvest.Establish the garden in a location that receives full sunlight, from six to eight hours per day.Prepare the soil before planting based on soil test recommendations. A laboratory soil test takes the guesswork out of determining whether the soil needs fertilizer or lime to nourish your fall garden crops.To have your soil tested, visit the Extension website for directions on taking soil samples. Then bring your dry soil sample to your local Extension office with the $10 testing fee.Plant fall vegetables on schedule and use varieties that are recommended for Georgia. For a list of recommended cultivars and planting dates, refer to UGA Extension Circular 963, “Vegetable Gardening in Georgia,” at extension.uga.edu/publications.Control weeds, pest insects and diseases.When Mother Nature does not supply rainfall, water your garden thoroughly at soil level. And, as always, if you have any questions, contact your local Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 for advice.last_img read more