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Gunmen open fire on private television station TV Alter in Greece

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has expressed deep concern over the attack on private television station TV Alter in Athens, Greece, on February 17.

According to SEEMO, around 7:15 p.m., four armed men fired shots and threw a suspected explosive device outside the premises of TV Alter's central offices in Athens. No injuries were reported. The attack happened before the station's main evening news bulletin was broadcast, when the building was full of employees. Before the gunmen opened fire, they ran into an Alter TV technician and ordered him to leave the scene.

It is believed that the gunmen are members of the recently-established group, "Sekta Epanastaton" (Revolutionary Sekta - sekta is the Arabic word for team, or group). One week prior to the attack, a letter sent to the daily newspaper Ta Nea threatened to kill well-known journalists working for the country's largest TV stations (TV Alter is among them). Police have yet to release an official statement about the identity of those believed to be behind the shooting.

Commenting on the incident, Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary-General, said, "Such attacks are a serious threat to press freedom and the working environment of reporters in Greece and the entire South East European region.

SEEMO urged an immediate and thorough investigation into the incident. "The media play an important role in a democratic society and attacks such as these constitute a threat not only against the news media, but against democracy itself."

Date posted: February 19, 2009 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 313