Greece’s Press Is the Latest Casualty of Mitsotakis’ War on Migrants

Migrants arrive in Lesbos, Greece, in a dinghy accompanied by a Frontex vessel, February 28, 2020 (AP photo by Michael Varaklas).
Migrants arrive in Lesbos, Greece, in a dinghy accompanied by a Frontex vessel, February 28, 2020 (AP photo by Michael Varaklas).
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Earlier this month, Journalists Without Borders’ annual World Press Freedom Index placed Greece last among European Union countries for press freedom, citing a number of challenges faced by journalists in the country. The index suggests that Greece is a country in which democratic norms are in serious crisis. Journalists covering refugee pushbacks—in which Greek security forces illegally expel refugees and migrants that have reached Greek territory and waters—have had their phones tapped without explanation; others were monitored with spyware by the Greek authorities without any justification from the government. Meanwhile, a new law, which according to the government was passed to combat COVID-19 disinformation, makes it an offense for citizens […]

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