Deputy Spokeswoman of the EC: "There is No Democracy Without a Free Press"

After three journalists from Greek newspaper “Fileleftheros” were detained over the weekend, the EU came out and condemned the arrests as blatant threats to the rule-of-law. Fileleftheros’ chief editor, publisher, and senior political reporter were detained after an article was published on September 23 about the alleged mismanaging of EU funds.

The deputy spokeswoman of the European Commission, Mina Andreeva said that under no circumstances should the press ever be intimidated or arbitrarily arrested and added that “Europe must always be a place where freedom of the press is sacrosanct. Too many of our journalists are intimidated, attacked, and murdered. There is no democracy without a free press”.

“What we try to ensure at the EU level is a system of checks and balances that function, so journalists are safe to do their work,” she added.

Two weeks ago Bulgarian and Romanian journalists were detained in Bulgaria while working on an investigation related to the abolition of documents related to European fund fraud.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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