Figures from across the political spectrum united on Saturday to mark the passing of Christos Pasalaris, a veteran journalist who covered Greek affairs for almost seven decades.
Pasalaris, born in Athens on July 14, 1925, saw his career begin when fighting alongside the Greek Resistance during the German occupation. Using the pen name ‘Alexis’ he ran Resistance publications until he was imprisoned by the Nazis in Goudi and Haidari.
The next decades saw him work as a reporter, columnist and editor across a range of newspapers and magazines, frequently resigning over political or ethical conflicts.
He also went on to become a teacher of journalism, passing his skills onto a new wave of Greek reporters, eventually having a journalism prize named after him in 1999.
Speaker of the Greek Parliament, Nikos Voutsis, said: “Christos Pasalaris was, from his own side, a pioneer of combat journalism which gave the Greek press a fresh wind.”
European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “We bid him farewell [with] respect and recognition for his invaluable contribution to the homeland, society and democracy.”
Last year, Pasalaris was also honored by the Greek Association of Friends of Children with Cancer for his support.