An end to impunity

There can be no doubt that certain media groups have during the past few weeks targeted government officials, particularly those who are responsible for the ongoing investigations into shady deals. The pressure on them is intense. Persons implicated in the illegal fuel trade and controversial media barons who have become accustomed to virtual impunity are waging a battle for their very survival. Conservative Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has said that his government will not yield to blackmail. For this reason he has put his weight behind those officials who have come under fierce attacks from those who fear monitoring of their activities. The relevant investigations must continue despite any personal or political cost. The government should know that any cost will be offset by the enormous public approval of any dismantling of these often dangerous groups who will stop at nothing to protect their interests. Voters want to see blackmailers put behind bars and an end to the impunity enjoyed by a small minority.