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Greek daily newspaper Real and radio bombed: companies

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Incendiary bombs exploded at Greek broadcasters Real News and Real FM, sparking a blaze that pierced the branches’ offices in Athens, the media group said in a statement on Wednesday.

The fire, which broke out in the early hours of the morning, was brought under control after 18 firefighters battled the blaze for two hours and all staff were evacuated from the building, the group said.

Several people were taken to the hospital with breathing problems.

Police are currently investigating who is behind the incident.

According to a preliminary police report, the remains of three gas canisters were found in the building between the basement and the first floor of the office building.

Owner Nikos Chatzinikolaou said on Twitter he believes the company was deliberately targeted, but didn’t say by whom.

“Explosions and fires at Real FM and Realnews! They burn us! They’re trying to shut us down,” he wrote on Twitter.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the owner that “the state will do everything to bring the perpetrators to justice”.

“Any attempt to attack journalists must be condemned,” he added.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the “attack on Real FM and Real News that caused a fire and put people’s lives at risk is an absolutely reprehensible criminal act that violates freedom of expression in our country”.

In February, two incendiary devices exploded in front of the homes of a journalist and a police officer in Athens, causing property damage but no casualties.

Greece has fallen 38 places in the latest international press freedom index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

In April 2021, investigative journalist Giorgos Karaivaz was killed in a daylight attack outside his home.

Since then, the investigation has made no progress, RSF said.

Real News and Real FM are centre-left channels that provide a platform for both opposition and pro-government voices.

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