Athens — Police said two gunmen on motorcycles shot dead a prominent Greek criminal journalist near their home in Athens on Friday.
George Karaivaz, a veteran journalist on commercial broadcaster STARTV, was well known to Greek viewers for reporting on law and order and police stories.
There were no immediate reports of possible motives for the shooting on Friday, but police said the murder was clearly and carefully planned.
“Killing journalists is a sneaky and timid act,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a tweet.
“Europe represents freedom, and press freedom may be the most sacred of all.”
According to police, Kalaibaz was shot by two people early Friday afternoon on a motorcycle that fired multiple times near his home in Alimos, southern Athens. At least 12 bullet casings were collected from the scene, police officials said.
“It was a professional hit,” said a police officer who spoke on anonymous terms because he was not allowed to make a statement to the media.
Aristoteria Peroni, a spokeswoman for the Greek government, said the murder “shocked us all.”
“Authorities are already investigating to arrest and bring the perpetrators to trial,” she said.