Greece’s Defense Minister Asks for the Arrest of Journalists

Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kammenos has filed a criminal lawsuit and asked for the arrest of the owner, editor, and five journalists of the Phileleftheros daily.

The paper says that police officers in civilian clothes arrived at the newspaper’s offices on Saturday to arrest its staff who were not in the office at the time.

It adds that Kammenos’s lawsuit was apparently in response to a front-page story alleging dubious spending of EU migration funds on the island of Lesvos.

The controversial headline that alleges that hundreds of millions of EU money destined for the migrants in Lesvos were wasted

Editor Panayiotis Lamsias says that this is not the first time that the government is trying to silence the paper, which is critical of the SYRIZA-ANEL government.

Phileleftheros journalist Yannis Koutsomitis took to Twitter to say that the incident proves that the rule of law is under threat.