Police set standards for treatment of journalistsPosted May 4 2012
Police in Greece have established standards to lessen their negative interactions with the media, according to Reporters Without Borders.
The guidelines, announced in April, instruct police to protect media workers as much as possible and to “facilitate their work,” according to the press freedom organization.
The change comes in the aftermath of several damaging clashes between police and journalists in the country, as Global Journalist reported earlier.
“We hope these undertakings by the police will finally end the deliberate violent attacks on journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said.
Police have also raised concerns about abuses of the press by using news photos to solicit information about demonstrators from witnesses, according to Reporters Without Borders.
“In order to really protect journalists, the police should begin by respecting their neutrality,” Reporters Without Borders said.