UNESCO chief condemns murder of Greek journalist

July 24th, 2010 - 2:03 am ICT by BNO News  

UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) — The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday condemned the murder of a Greek investigative reporter who was shot to death outside his home earlier in the week.

Socrates Giolias, 37, director of the Thema 98.9 FM radio station, was reportedly shot at least 20 times on Monday morning after he was lured out of his apartment in the Ilioupolis neighborhood of Athens by three men disguised as security personnel. Giolias also regularly contributed to the popular social and political blog Troktiko.

“Violence against journalists constitutes an attack on the fundamental human right of freedom of expression,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said. “It is a direct threat to democracy. I count on the Greek authorities to do their utmost to bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime. They cannot be allowed to act with impunity,” she added, as the assassination marks the first journalist to have been killed in Greece since 1985.

According to Giolias’ colleagues, he was about to publish a report on corruption.

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