The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), condemns the physical attack on Skai TV and Radio presenter Konstantinos Bogdanos. The reporter was attacked on 9 May 2012 in the Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia. He was later taken to the hospital to be treated for head injuries and a fractured hand.
According to the Athens-based daily Kathimerini, the journalist said that the attackers were waiting for him. “As I attempted to get into my car, they attacked me and dragged me away. They had me on the ground and were beating me… I can say with absolute certainty that they knew I was a journalist. As they were kicking me, they made reference to Skai,” Bogdanos stated.
The aggressors also stole the journalist’s telephone.
“I strongly condemn this latest attack and I hope that perpetrators will be found and brought to justice,” said Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General