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Journalist faces trial for reporting near Nato base at Souda

Skai TV reporter Marios Dionellis detained by police after report

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Police charge Marios Dionellis for filming from a nearby hill frequently used by journalists as a backdrop when reporting on the Nato military base

Six Norwegian F-16 jets are seen on tarmac of the Nato military base at Souda on Crete, 22 March 2011 (Reuters) Six Norwegian F-16 jets are seen on tarmac of the Nato military base at Souda on Crete, 22 March 2011 (Reuters) A journalist is expected to stand trial after police detained him after he recorded a report near the Nato military base at Souda Bay on Crete on Wednesday.

Marios Dionellis, a reporter with Skai TV on Crete, had gone to a hill, near Mouzouras village, frequently used by journalists as a backdrop when reporting about the base.

In a live broadcast for an afternoon news programme at 3.10pm, Dionellis reported on the reactions of local authorities, business people and residents to reports that Souda could be used in any military intervention in Syria. (His report can be viewed here, 14 minutes into the programme.)

Shortly before 4 pm, as the reporter and his cameraman were drove down from the hill, they were stopped by a Greek airforce van.

A short time later, police arrived, who brought them to Chania police station, where they were kept until 8pm, when a prosecutor ordered their release.

The pair where charged under a 1936 law for "breaching fortification positions" and now face trial.


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