Golden Dawn, the far-right party, has released a statement announcing an immediate embargo on all media. They accuse the media of hostile reporting and playing a game of filthy propaganda against them.
Following the physical assault Digital Journal reported by Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris against Communist MP Liana Kanelli on live television Thursday morning, the far-right party has decided to have no more dealings with the media.
Referring to the televised assault as an "unfortunate incident" the party has slammed the media for not condemning Ms Kanelli for her verbal attack against Kasidiaris. Athens News reported Golden Dawn said "of course no one heard Kaneli swearing and shouting “fascists”. Is there no legal procedure, no arrest warrant for any of that."
An arrest warrant has been issued for Kasidiaris whom Ekathimerini reported will not benefit from parliamentary immunity as parliament has been dissolved until the elections take place.
The statement released by Golden Dawn reads:
“Over the years, reporters from all television stations, along with representatives from the established political system, have slandered Golden Dawn. So there is little to surprise us as to the way they handled the unfortunate incident during the Papadakis show. But before we comment on that, we would like to announce to the Greek people that we are from now on turning our back on all media outlets, before they turn their backs on us. We don’t need them.
We have half a million Greeks on our side, who mean much more to us than the mouthpieces of a sinful establishment, who are just as much to blame for the bankruptcy and current state of our people as those that they represent!
Golden Dawn now launches an embargo on all television stations and newspapers, in order to better illustrate the dirty game they are playing against us. A common characteristic of all interviews of Golden Dawn members, is the fact that most reporters were hostile towards them, attempting to promote their propaganda against our party and not do their job, which is to inform the Greek people.
So we urge them to continue doing what they have, which is to talk and slander us, without offering us the chance to answer, because they will get their answer when the Greek people vote on June 17."