UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The attack on two foreign media journalists was carried out on the island of Lesvos during their work on covering the situation with migrants, the Greek authorities must prevent new attacks, the FPA Foreign Press Correspondents Association said.
Boats with illegal migrants are constantly arriving in Lesbos, the situation on the island is explosive – local residents are unhappy with the large number of migrants, migrants are outraged by the inhuman conditions in the camps.
After Turkey opened the border with the EU, migrants moved to Greece by land and sea. At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece stated that Turkey is conducting a disinformation campaign and reports of tens of thousands of migrants who entered Greece are untrue.
“With particular concern, we learned that groups of people in Lesvos are attacking and slandering journalists who are on the island to cover the latest incidents with the flow of migrants and refugees from Turkey. At least two incidents have been recorded with colleagues who received serious injuries, their equipment is stolen or damaged,” the FPA said in a statement.
The Association recommends that colleagues traveling to the area be especially careful in carrying out their duties.
“We urge the authorities to intervene immediately to prevent further attacks. We welcome the assurances we received from the Prime Minister’s office and the police that such incidents will not be repeated, and we look forward to taking appropriate measures to address them,” the statement said.
In Greece, attacks are constantly ongoing against journalists, including foreign media, in the exercise of their professional duties. In this case, the police as a rule do not stop such attacks, even if they become their witnesses.
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