FPA ANNOUNCEMENT ON MR. PAPADIMITRIOY COMMENTS

Athens, 11 July 2019

The Foreign Press Association (FPA) condemns the unreasonable verbal assault by the newly – elected lawmaker Babis Papadimitriou against the foreign correspondents with unacceptable insults.

Commenting on an article published in Liberation newspaper, during a morning radio show on July 9, Mr Papadimitriou called many foreign correspondents as “plebs of journalism” who “licked the shoes of Syriza officials in the smoke-filled -and even pot-filled- Maximos mansion and then wrote whatever their mind – hazy from weed – allowed them to”.

The FPA, wanting to avoid getting involved in a political controversy, just hours after the elections, decided not to react immediately and to allow time to the MP, also a journalist, to recall his statements.

We regret to realize that his latest statements on the radio show today were inadequate, rather half an apology, followed by recommendations to Liberation’s reporter, “not to be so sensitive”.

Since in the past, and especially during the years of the crisis, foreign correspondents have repeatedly been targeted by domestic political parties to suit their communications goals:

The Board of the Foreign Press Association points out once again that the free exercise of journalism and any criticism made in good faith are foundations of democracy. However, insults and offensive and defamatory characterizations are by no means tolerable by our colleagues and our Association.

Αθήνα, 11 Ιουλίου 2019

Η Ένωση Ανταποκριτών Ξένου Τύπου (ΕΑΞΤ) καταγγέλλει την απαράδεκτη επίθεση του νεοεκλεγέντα βουλευτή Μπάμπη Παπαδημητρίου σε βάρος των ξένων ανταποκριτών με απαράδεκτους χαρακτηρισμούς.

Ο κ. Παπαδημητρίου σε πρωινή εκπομπή του ραδιοφωνικού σταθμού ΣΚΑΪ στις 9 Ιουλίου, με αφορμή άρθρο της εφημερίδας Liberation, χαρακτήρισε πολλούς ξένους ανταποκριτές «πλέμπα δημοσιογράφων» που «έγλειφαν τα παπούτσια των Συριζαίων στα γεμάτα καπνό -και χασισοκαπνό κιόλας – γραφεία μέσα στο Μαξίμου και έγραφαν μετά ό,τι τους άφηνε το θολωμένο από το χασίσι μυαλό τους».

Η ΕΑΞΤ, μη θέλοντας να εμπλακεί σε παιχνίδι πολιτικών αντιπαραθέσεων, λίγες μόλις ώρες μετά τις εκλογές, αποφάσισε να μην αντιδράσει άμεσα και να δώσει χρόνο στον βουλευτή, αλλά και συνάδελφο να ανασκευάσει.

Με λύπη μας διαπιστώσαμε ότι οι νεότερες δηλώσεις του σε ραδιοφωνική εκπομπή σήμερα δεν ήταν επαρκείς, αλλά περισσότερο μισή συγνώμη, που συνοδευόταν από συστάσεις στην συντάκτρια του άρθρου της Liberation, μεταξύ άλλων, «να μην είναι τόσο ευαίσθητη».

Επειδή στο παρελθόν, και ιδιαίτερα στα χρόνια της κρίσης, η δουλειά των ανταποκριτών ξένου τύπου έχει γίνει επανειλημμένα στόχος από τα εγχώρια πολιτικά κόμματα, χάριν επικοινωνιακής πολιτικής:

Το Δ.Σ. της Ένωσης Ανταποκριτών Ξένου Τύπου επισημαίνει για άλλη μια φορά, ότι η ελεύθερη άσκηση της δημοσιογραφίας καθώς και κάθε καλόπιστη κριτική αποτελούν θεμέλιο της δημοκρατίας. Ωστόσο, οι ύβρεις και οι προσβλητικοί και απαξιωτικοί χαρακτηρισμοί δεν είναι σε καμία περίπτωση ανεκτοί ούτε από τους συναδέλφους, ούτε από την Ένωση.

FPA ANNOUNCEMENT ON PULITZER PRIΖE FOR ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS

Athens, 16 April 2019

The Foreign Press Association of Greece is proud to announce that its member Alkis Konstantinidis has won his second Pulitzer Prize, as a member of the Reuters photo reporter team that covered the refugee crisis on the US-Mexican border.

The F.P.A. warmly congratulates Alkis Konstantinidis on this great success.

The F.P.A. Board

 

FPA STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF YANNIS BEHRAKIS

Athens, 3 March 2019

Yannis Behrakis, one of the best photographers of his generation, died of cancer in Athens yesterday. He was 58 years old.

Devastated by his loss, the members of the Foreign Press Association of Greece extend their heart-felt condolences to his family and friends, as well as to his colleagues at the Reuters news agency, where he worked and distinguished himself for more than 30 years.

Yannis was present in several wars, as well as in major political, social and athletic events that marked the world in recent decades. To say that he covered them with his camera would be an understatement. His pictures shaped the very way in which we perceived events, from the war in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone to the refugee crisis and the Arab Spring.

The numerous prizes and awards Yannis won in his career don’t just reflect the quality of his work but also the personal danger to which he exposed himself in the line of duty. To name but a few: the Pulitzer in 2016, World Press Photo in 2000, Bayeux-Calvados in 2002 and Photographer of the Year by the Guardian newspaper in 2015.

His prolific and creative work aside, Yannis was an active and loyal member of the FPA. We will always remember him.

“I’m there to record the best and the worst of humankind,” he once said. May we live by his example.

The FPA board

ANNOUNCEMENT – Statement following attack on foreign correspondent, photo reporters

Athens, 21 January 2019

The Executive Council of the Foreign Press Association of Greece (FPA) strongly condemns the attack on journalists by a group of violent demonstrators during yesterday’s rally at Syntagma Square

FPA member Thomas Jacobi was repeatedly punched in the face by unknown men as he was covering the rally in his professional capacity. The assailants attacked Mr Jacobi, caused him facial injuries and destroyed his equipment while demanding that he erase material gathered on his mobile phone. Even worse injuries were prevented only by police intervention.

In different parts of the square, other extreme elements seriously injured photographers, at least one of whom was working for a foreign press organization, and attacked a crew of state broadcaster ERT.

The FPA expresses its solidarity towards the injured colleagues and requests that authorities promptly investigate the incidents.

ANNOUNCEMENT : SKAI – KATHIMERINI

Athens, 17th December 2018

The Executive Council of the Foreign Press Association of Greece unequivocally condemns the bombing attack at the offices of SKAI TV and KATHIMERINI newspaper.

We express our abhorrence towards every attempt to intimidate the press or to curtail its freedom, and we stand by our colleagues.

The Executive Council of F.P.A.

ANNOUNCEMENT ΟΝ KYRIAKOS CONDOULIS

Athens, 18th November 2017

Dear colleagues,

It is with great sadness that the Foreign Press Association of Greece announces that Kyriakos Condoulis, an FPA member for more than 50 years, has died in Athens.

Kyriakos Condoulis, a Greek from Alexandria, Egypt, worked for decades as a correspondent for international media such as the Associated Press and Radio Free Europe. Over the course of his long career, he covered all major events that shaped recent Greek history. He also served for several years as a member of the Executive Council and Treasurer of the F.P.A., significantly contributing towards its activities and prestige. The F.P.A. expresses its deepest condolences to his family.

The funeral will take place on Monday, November 20th at 14.30 at the 1st Cemetery of Athens.

The F.P.A. Executive Council

ANNOUNCEMENT ΟΝ GILLIAN WHITTAKER

Athens, 12th June 2017

It is with great sadness that the Foreign Press Association of Greece announces that Gillian Whittaker, a distinguished colleague and an active member of our association for more than 30 years, passed away on Sunday, June 11.

Gill began her career as a journalist for The Associated Press and then became a prominent shipping journalist for Lloyd’s List and TradeWinds, until her retirement last year.

Her family and friends have asked us to inform you that no funeral will take place.

Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

The F.P.A. Executive Council

ANNOUNCEMENT – JOHN RIGOS

Athens, 24th October 2016

The Foreign Press Association of Greece expresses its deepest condolences to the family of John Rigos, distinguished and beloved colleague, with great presence and sensibility, who died on Sunday, October 23rd. He was 91 years old.

He was born on 10th July 1925 in Athens. He started his career as a journalist, translator and editor for Acropolis and Athinaiki newspapers from 1950 until 1956.

For the years 1956 – 1967 he worked for Christian Science Monitor and from 1967 until his retirement he was the correspondent of Newsweek magazine and United Press International (UPI).

He was the President of the Executive Council of F.P.A. during the years: 1968-1970, 1973-1975, 1993-1994, and an Honorary member since his retirement.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 26th October at 16.00 hrs at the Church of Assumption of Virgin Mary, Voula (opposite the hospital Asklipio Voulas).

The F.P.A. Executive Council

ANNOUNCEMENT – YANNIS BEHRAKIS

Athens, 13th October 2016

The Foreign Press Association of Greece would like to extend its congratulations to Yannis Behrakis, Reuters chief photographer for Greece and Cyprus, for winning 2 Bayeux Calvados Awards.

Yannis received the International Jury award as well as the Public΄s Choice Award.

The F.P.A. warmly congratulates Yannis.

The F.P.A. Executive Council

 

ANNOUNCEMENT – ARIS MESSINIS

Athens, 5th September 2016

The Foreign Press Association of Greece would like to extend its congratulations to Aris Messinis, photographer of the Agence France Presse (AFP) for winning the Visa d’ Or Prize (News category) at the Visa Pour L’ Image festival at Perpignan, France.

Aris Messinis, a longstanding member of the FPA, received the award for his work “War in Peace” on the influx of refugees to the Greek island of Lesvos in  2015.

The F.P.A. Executive Council