ROG wants unhindered access to refugees on Lesbos

Greek policeman, about dts
Greek policeman, about dts
The organization Reporters Without Borders (ROG) has called on the Greek government and the authorities on the island of Lesbos to give journalists unhindered access to refugees.

For a week now, the NGO has been receiving messages from journalists "who are being hindered in their work on Lesbos by the Greek authorities", said Christian Mihr, managing director of Reporters Without Borders in Germany, the "editorial network Germany". Some would gain access to the area in which thousands of former residents have been waiting since the destruction of the Moria camp, “others were denied access ?? either without justification or with reference to an ongoing military operation or corona protection regulations, ”said Mihr.

He sees the independent reporting on Lesbos at risk. This “arbitrary unequal treatment” causes great uncertainty and makes it impossible for journalists to independently document and classify the conditions there, complained the ROG managing director. However, this is precisely what is indispensable for the Europe-wide public discussion about the future of the people in Moria. Mihr referred to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights from last year, according to which the question of how asylum seekers are accommodated and whether the state fulfills its international obligations towards them is "undisputedly newsworthy and of great public importance". The Greek authorities must therefore ensure that journalists can form their own picture as unhindered as possible and that “Moria will not become a black box”, demanded the journalist representative. The police on Lesvos temporarily forbid journalists access to a cordoned-off road section on which refugees stay under very adverse conditions. The people there are insufficiently supplied with water and food, and there are no sanitary facilities. Again and again there are clashes between the police and refugees.