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Macau Business macaubusiness.com 26 Nov, 2021 05:30 am

Greek govt denies spying on media after report sparks outcry

The Greek government on Thursday denied to AFP that its intelligence service was spying on journalists, days after a report to that effect sparked outcry among media unions.Unions expressed anger after Greek daily Efsyn reported on November 13 that the Hellenic national intelligence service (EYP), which directly reports to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ office, was spying on a wide range of private citizens, “including refugee agency staff, journalists and lawyers.The International press Institute (IPI) tweeted it was “deeply concerned by reports” that investigative journalism is “secretly monitored by the National Intelligence Service.“Accordingly, it is self-evident that there is no surveillance of journalists in Greece,” he added.

” “The surveillance of journalists by the EYP does not fit into democratic regimes”, said the Union of Athens’ journalists (ESIEA) in a statement.The Efsyn report sparked immediate condemnations by the main union of Greek journalists and the country’s foreign press association.

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