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Journalist Thanasis Koukakis under surveillance, for months!

Journalist Thanasis Koukakis under surveillance, for months!
By Aristea from Solomon • Issue #46 • View online
State documents clearly prove that the Greek National Intelligence Service, citing national security, intercepted the communications of a journalist who at the time was investigating the affairs of Greek bankers and businessmen.
Inside Story and Reporters United, shading light to the story behind this outrageous incident.
Let’s take things from the beginning.

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⚡️ In #Greece, a lack of communication and transparency from state authorities is posing major challenges for public interest and investigative reporting.

A piece by @The_Manifold for @globalfreemedia.
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Jamie Wiseman
#Greece: As news breaks about #Pegasus being used to spy on senior EU officials, in Greece @insidestory_gr reveal that journalist Thanasis Koukakis has been surveilled with a lesser known but equally as dangerous spyware weapon: #Predator👇@citizenlab

https://t.co/hXu7oM3kjn
Journalist Thanasis Koukakis who has covered big interests, banks, and public contracts, it was revealed that he was under surveillance. The government responded to the report published by the Inside Story, with the certainty that the surveillance was carried out by a private factor.
Thanasis Koukakis
Η κυβέρνηση τοποθετήθηκε στο δημοσίευμα του @insidestory_gr με τη βεβαιότητα πως η παρακολούθηση μου έγινε από ιδιώτη. Αναμένω το πόρισμα της ΑΔΑΕ που θα επιβεβαιώνει τον ισχυρισμό αυτό. https://t.co/VS2ORv3q1E
Few days later, Reporters United revealed that journalist Thanasis Koukakis was under surveillance by the Greek National Intelligence Service for “national security" reasons. According to the documents his surveillance started on 20/6/2020 and stopped on 12/8/2020, the day he submitted to ADAE an official complaint.
Εχθρός του Κράτους: Αποδεικνύουμε ότι η κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη παρακολουθούσε τον δημοσιογράφο Θανάση Κουκάκη
Thanasis Koukakis
The @Reporters_gr revealed that I was under surveillance by the Greek NSA for “national security" reasons.According to the documents my surveillance started on 20/6/2020 and stopped on 12/8/2020, the day I submitted to ADAE an official complaint 1/7 https://t.co/KcFqx1MDaw
At this point, I would like to remind you that back in November 2021, it was revealed that citizens, including Solomon journalist, Stavros Malichudis, were under surveillance by the National Intelligence Agency. Since then, major organisations promoting press freedom ― the International Press Institute, the European Federation of Journalists, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom ECPMF, ARTICLE 19, and OBC Transeuropa, urged the Greek government to provide immediate answers to parliament as to why EYP has been monitoring Solomon’s journalists.
Greek National Intelligence Service spying on Solomon: Does our journalism threaten national security?
On 24 February 2022, Solomon filed a legal complaint before the prosecutor of the Supreme Court, for the surveillance of our journalistic work which it is considered to be against the rule of law and in violation of fundamental rights and freedoms. With this legal complaint, Solomon calls for an investigation into the possibility that EYP officials (who fall under the direct authority of the Prime Minister) may have committed offenses such as violating the confidentiality of telephone communications and violating the procedure for lifting this confidentiality, and the illegal collection of personal data. In addition, Solomon calls for an investigation into other possible criminal offenses.
What and/or who is coming next?
See you soon,
Aristea
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