Death threat blogger arrested in Athens

A 40-year-old man alleged to have created a blog urging people to murder a senior television journalist and his son, has been charged with libel and incitement to commit murder. Police caught the blogger in the Athens district of Kato Patissia after monitoring his online activities for several weeks. The journalist – Mega Channel’s head of news, Christos Panayiotopoulos – told police a month ago that he had been the focus of malicious criticism and death threats. Police traced the suspect after his right to online privacy protection was lifted by a prosecutor. Officers said the blog contained at least 10 references to the journalist over the past three days. The 40-year-old, who had worked in a series of jobs at polling firms over the past years, reportedly maintained five or six additional blogs with «cultural content.»