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Victims Gender Female
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Victims Number 1
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Ms Xenia Kounalaki, journalist in newspaper "Kathimerini", received threats by the neo-Nazi party "Golden Dawn" (Chryssi Aygi) with an article posted on Golden Dawn's website. Ms Kounalaki, had written an article in newspaper "Kathimerini", on April 12th 2012, entitled "The banality of evil", supporting that Greek media should exclude Golden Dawn from the public sphere or inform the citizens about the origins and idols of this party in order to awake anti-nazi memories.

Golden Dawn published an answer - signed by Th.P. - to Ms Kounalaki's article, with threats against the journalist's life and references to her family and daughter. The author mentioned: "We learned to wait for 31 years and regardless of the electoral arithmetic, we are and will be here" and continued in german "Kommt Zeit, Kommt Rat, Kommt Attentat!" ("in time, murder will come"). In free translation this means "Watch your back".

The journalist has contacted the police, where she was advised to stop writing on Golden Dawn because she risks to be attacked. The police also suggested to file a complaint against the website. However, the server of Golden Dawn's website is in the USA, which makes anonimity removal very time consuming and may not reach somewhere.

A spokesperson of the European Commission, who was asked to comment on this matter, insisted on the EU's commitment to press freedom and refered journalists to the Greek authorities in regards to the case [1].


  1. Imerisia, 09.05.2012, Η Χρυσή Αυγή απειλεί δημοσιογράφο της Καθημερινής (Golden Dawn threatens journalist of "Kathimerini"),, Accessed on 10.05.2012