Giorgos Karaivaz, the founder and owner of news website bloko.gr, was gunned down in an “execution”. A statement posted on the site said he “is no longer with us”. It added: “Some chose to shut him up, to make him stop writing his texts, with bullets. He was executed in front of his house.
“For us, who in the last years we collaborated with him, he guided us in difficult times, we drank wine together, he honored us with his friendship, the hours are very difficult.”
Media Freedom Rapid Response, a monitoring group, said the journalist’s killing points to a “planned ambush”.
They said: “We are deeply shocked following early reports that Giorgos Karaivaz has been shot outside his house in Athens, which bears the hallmarks of a planned ambush.”
Mr Karaivaz was a veteran crime reporter.
He was targeted in the southern Athens suburb of Alimos at around 2pm local time as he arrived home.
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