Radio & TV national council, press union condemn bomb attack at Skai TV

The country’s radio and TV agency and the largest press union of Athens condemned the bombing early on Monday morning that caused damage at the Skai TV facilities but no injuries.

Police said the blast occurred at 2:35 a.m. outside the broadcaster’s headquarters in Athens after a warning telephone call to Zougla news website and ANT1 TV. It damaged part of the facade of the building that houses co-owned Skai TV and Kathimerini newspaper.

The National Council of Radio and Television (ESR) said in a statement that “such actions target freedom of expression, diversity, and democracy itself.” Staff at ESR also issued a solidarity statement noting that they had experienced a similar incident in the spring of 2014. “We condemn any type of violent and aggressive methods of ‘disagreement’ in the spheres of news and democracy,” they said.

The Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (ESIEA) condemned unequivocally the attack against the facilities of Skai TV and Kathimerini, calling it “an attempt to hurt diversity and plurality.” Such terrorist actions have no place in Greek society, it said, adding that “journalists and all who work in the news sector state firmly they will not be cowed and will continue to inform the Greek public authoritatively and reliably.”