Apr 12, 2021
In Athens, the journalist of the Star TV channel and the Bloko portal Yorgos Karaivaz was killed. He was returning home from work when two unidentified men on a motorcycle shot him about 15 times. It happened on Friday evening, French Radio International reported on Saturday. Forensic doctors removed 10 bullets from the journalist's body.
Karaivaz specialized in crime chronicles, participated in a daily program on the Star TV channel. The deceased journalist co-founded Bloko, a portal dedicated in large part to exposing corruption. 52-year-old Yorgos Karaivaz is survived by his wife and child.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted that "the cold-blooded murder of Yorgos Karaivaz came as a shock to the entire Greek society." Citizens Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis called the murder of the journalist an "odious crime" and promised to find the murderers and bring them to justice. A crime in the leadership of the opposition Movement for Change (KINAL) was called an “encroachment on democracy”. The Greek Union of Journalists said that the criminals who killed the journalist would not be able to intimidate his colleagues.
"Freedom of the press is probably the most sacred of freedoms," said the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. She expressed condolences to the relatives of Yorgos Karaivaz and hopes for an early arrest of the criminals. She called the murder of a journalist "a disgusting and cowardly act," saying that journalists should be able to work in safety. "
The International Press Institute also condemned the murder of Karaivaz, recalling that Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak was killed in 2018.