On 23 November 2022, during a police operation at the Refugee Center of Alexandra Avenue, police officers arrested and detained Nikos Pilos, award-winning photojournalist and member of the Foreign Press Association (FPA Greece) despite the fact that the photojournalist was present for professional purposes and informed the police of this, showing his professional identification.
Government Spokesman Ioannis Oikonomu described the photojournalist’s arrest as an “unfortunate incident”. He claimed that police officers were immediately instructed to release Mr Pilos, and that the incident had occurred because the journalist had failed to show his press ID, a claim which Mr. Pilos contests.
In a state governed by the rule of law, where individual rights and freedom of the press are protected, journalists have the right to freely and independently exercise their profession, free from censorship and influence.
Despite the guarantee of freedom of the press under Article 14 of the Constitution, in this case police officers unjustifiably arrested a journalist in the course of their duties.
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