Reporters Group Rips SYRIZA Lawmaker’s Rant Against Journalists

ATHENS – Pavlos Polakis, a lawmaker and provocateur from the SYRIZA party, has been removed from the party’s ballot in upcoming elections after a social media tirade against journalists, bankers, and judges. His comments were condemned by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a media freedom group that tweeted, “pluralism is much needed in Greece, it cannot be achieved by dangerous targeting of individual journalists.”

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, trying to cut into a 6 point lead by the Conservatives, rebranded the party as Progressive to replace its name as the Radical Left and called a meeting to decide Polakis’ fate. Polakis, a surgeon who was an alternate health minister in the SYRIZA government, had previously defied the law by smoking where he wanted, including at a World No Smoking Day news conference.


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