Three police officers, two of whom were arrested in the context of a car accident and a soldier, belong to the group that launched an online attack on the journalist, the correspondent of the APE MPA in the northern Aegean Sea, Stratis Balaska .
On August 16th, on the occasion of the journalistic chronograph of 2015, Stratis Balaskas received the "MYTILINI" EMPROS newspaper, which was once again published as a tool for social media, an unprecedented online attack.
The chronology referred to a small underground chapel of the Virgin Mary, which was between the Houses of Miletus between the wars and was used for their worship by women, Little Asiatic refugees in the majority who could not go to the other "outside the walls" and "as it should be" churches. The chronological record was based on historical sources and a research by a journalist that is actively engaged in local history issues, in particular with the history of the Little Asiatic refugees on Lesvos.
A coordinated action followed that spread the title of the article online and was only accompanied by comments that were professionally insulted, defamed and condemned. They even called for the moral and physical extermination of the journalist. They even summoned the memory of the reporter's mother.
Other episodes are preceded by the above. In the afternoon of Sunday 12 August, while walking on the waterfront of Mytilini, he was attacked with insults and threats by three strangers who participated in the subduction of the flag in his harbor. The fact was that he even filed a complaint with the local police. On August 15, journalism about the fire in the village hut of Tsamakia, he received a verbal attack from another person, who later verbally attacked him on his personal page on a network of social media.
However, it is not the only time that Lesbian journalists have been attacked during their work. Their actions are indeed considered unmanageable, because the accusations against them and their general activity are governed by justice with a characteristic slowness. It should be noted that many of the participants in this group are monitored for very serious acts related to the episodes of immigrants in April, but the case is still in the process of preliminary investigation. Last May, a petition was filed by the Department of the North Aegean of the Union. Editorial of the Daily Newspapers of Peloponnese, Epirus and Islands (ESHEPIN) together with all the evidence for the alleged action, but the preparatory investigation has not yet begun. .
It should be noted that a policeman was arrested in the context of a car accident on Saturday evening after Stratis Balaska's lawsuit, which was excused and released, but a few hours later he returned to prosecution, slander and threats. An additional suit was submitted today on Monday, when the policeman was arrested for the second time and apologized.
Total suspects in the case, who emphasize the extent of the problem, are three police officers and an army officer. An administrative investigation was ordered against the three police officers to investigate the crimes they had committed.
In total, the internet attack on the journalist has been prosecuted to prosecute 15 people.
Statement by Stratis Balaska
"Last Sunday, August 12, in the port of Mytilene, I was attacked by a group of extremists who came back from the famous flag of the flag, who in the meantime taunted and threatened me, even during the fire in the forest of Tsamakia on the day of Panagia. , another extreme right that happened to be there, he was very happy with the time of my work, and he screamed that I cover the "footprints" and "I get them from the NGOs". couple of hours later on Facebook and called me "thickening …" and "tomato".
I think that at some point the verbal physical or online attacks will go to the level of attempted physical extermination of one of us all. Mytilini operates an organized battalion, a gang that is upgraded every day and its members are especially spoiled by impunity. From our first goals we have ALL people of information.
Our interventions in justice at the level of Lesvos prove to be slow in contrast to our neighboring Chios, while I feel that their progress is prevented by an invisible veil of protection from this gang. About three and four months after our reports to the prosecutor after the show we did, and in fact nothing has been done yet.
Do we expect the entire situation to arrest the hand of a fanatic? Should we wait for one of us or one of those whose fanatic think they are enemies of Right to WORK DIRECTLY? What else needs to be done on the island to understand that there is also a democratic cause and that its institutions are defended by voting extremely? "