Security needs must be respected

Certain ministries are starting to take the security of their staff and premises more seriously and have imposed tougher safety measures following the fatal parcel bomb that cost the life of Michalis Chrysochoidis’s aide at the Citizens’ Protection Ministry over two weeks ago. Now, it is the public’s turn to respect the fact that ministries, other state buildings and their employees need increased security and to show some understanding for whatever delays or discomfort may arise from the new measures being adopted by some services. Of course, there are always those in Greece who feel they are above everyone else, who see themselves as too important to have to undergo the indignity of security checks. What happened yesterday, for example, when journalists accredited to the Ministry of Defense walked out of the press room en masse during the minister’s statements in protest at the more frequent security checks, is something that cannot be repeated. No one, be they a journalist or from any other profession, has the right to demand that they are above the law.

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