Greek authorities apprehended two journalists of German state-media outlet Deutche Welle yesterday afternoon in Kastellorizo island.
According to Enikos, the two DW workers who are reporting on the island as tensions with Turkey escalate, are said to have shot footage of Greek warships without having the required permits.
They were noticed by the ship’s crews who informed the Port Authority.
Port authorities located the the journalist and cameraman and asked for the videos they took. The two allegedly refused and were then brought to the Port Authority, where in the presence of police officers, the material was confiscated.
According to the latest information from Enikos, which was the first to broadcast the news, the journalist and cameraman of Deutsche Welle, were released. During their arrival at the Port Authority, they spoke with the Port Authority Chief, who had also informed security.
The Germans finally agreed to show the material they had taken of the Greek Navy. They informed authorities that they did not know that permission was required to take even external shots of the warships and agreed to delete the material they had recorded in front of authorities.
Having found that the videos were “low-grade,” the Port Authority released them, with strict recommendations regarding the required permits that they must have from now on.
Last week, Tourkika Nea exposed two employees of Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency that arrived in Kastellorizo as agents of the Turkish intelligence agency, as reported by Greek City Times.
Tevfik Durul and Ayhan Mehmet had arrived in Rhodes to get a connecting ferry to Kastellorizo. Both Rhodes and Kastellorizo in recent months have been under intense scrutiny from the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for their hilarious claims that the two islands and the others comprising of the Dodacanese are in fact not Greek islands, but rather Turkish and occupied by Greece.
As Tourkika Nea highlighted, “it should be noted that in Turkey, all civil servants in Turkey are now legally obliged to assist the Turkish Intelligence Service.”
It has even been revealed by Nordic Monitor that the MIT carry out their work from the Turkish embassies and consulates in Greece, something that goes against international law.
In the last two weeks, Turkish media have gone on a disinformation campaign in their English-language services by using the Turkish names for Greek islands instead of their English/Greek names, most prominently against Kastellorizo.
It is beyond doubt that Turkey has ambitions in occupying Greece’s eastern Aegean islands – maps of this appear at Naval schools that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks at, it is frequently discussed in Turkish state-controlled media, and members of the Erdoğan regime openly threaten this.
Effectively, Turkey through all its apparatuses including the media, are attempting to normalize to international audiences that Ankara has a so-called claim over these islands. They attempt this by removing the thousands of years old indigenous Greek names, and replacing them with Turkish names that were only introduced, but not widely used, through a genocidal and colonial expansionist campaign by the Ottoman Empire a few centuries earlier.