Kythira shipwreck, one year later
15 / 06 / 2023
“They are urgently asking for help”: the SOS that was ignored
The Hellenic Coast Guard stated that they did not commence a rescue operation to aid the fishing trawler overloaded with migrants before it eventually sank because the vessel refused assistance. International law experts, as well as active and former Coast Guard officials, refute this argument. In addition, communication between Alarm Phone and authorities (which are in Solomon’s possession), prove that the migrants on board had sent out an SOS – which was ignored.
15 / 06 / 2023
Just 0,07% of 819m border budget to Greece earmarked for Search and Rescue
As the European Commission chastises Greece for violent pushbacks and European officials express their grief over the deadly Pylos shipwreck, Greek authorities have been granted more than twice the amount of EU funding for border management from 2021 to 2027, compared to the previous grant.
12 / 05 / 2023
EU Details Violations at Greece’s ‘Model’ Refugee Camps
Internal EU documents show Greece’s ‘new generation’ of refugee camps struggle to provide accommodations in line with asylum standards.
04 / 05 / 2023
Is Edelman following Predator?
The president and CEO of a Greek company linked to communications giant Edelman attended an event organized on the Greek spyware scandal. That raises questions about whether Edelman is involved in the issue’s communication management on behalf of the Greek government. Solomon reveals documents extending Edelman’s contract with the government.
29 / 04 / 2023
Surviving hell in Samos: Beaten, robbed, and pushed back from Greek ‘paradise’
Following a months-long investigation, Solomon has been able to locate and document for the first time the picturesque spot on the Greek island, where ten asylum seekers were detained, abused, and robbed by masked men before being cast adrift in the Aegean sea.
26 / 04 / 2023
After a personal data breach affecting 10 million customers, Cosmote & OTE appeal to cancel fine
Greece’s biggest telecommunications group seeks to overturn a €9.25 million fine following a breach of user records that exposed the data of millions of subscribers. The fine could have reached €130 million, according to the National Data Protection Authority.
19 / 04 / 2023
Hawala: The bankers of irregular migration
The absence of legal migratory routes towards Europe has raised the importance of entrusted intermediaries that operate through the ‘hawala’ system and serve both as a bank for smugglers and as an insurer for migrants.
13 / 04 / 2023
Tal Dilian: How Mr Predator attempted to save his image
His name is linked to wiretapping scandals in Cyprus & Greece – the former Israeli intelligence officer is one of Europe’s most controversial figures. Solomon’s OSINT investigation reveals how a months-long campaign attempted to create a positive online narrative about Tal Dilian and his business activities.
27 / 03 / 2023
Their sons were murdered by Neo-Nazis. Now they vow to keep their memory alive.
Serpil Temiz Unvar and Magda Fyssa, who lost their sons to racist crime in Germany and Greece, join forces to fight against far-right violence—so that the murders stop.
23 / 03 / 2023
Pushbacks: MEPs ask for explanations after a report by Solomon & El País reveals mistreatment and exploitation of refugees
The president of the LIBE Committee and Spanish MEPs have asked the EU to investigate recent revelations and have proposed making adherence to human rights law a condition for the allocation of EU funds to Greece.
09 / 03 / 2023
The Great Robbery: during illegal pushbacks in Greece, refugees are robbed by border guards
Solomon’s investigation, in collaboration with the Spanish newspaper El País, reveals that Greek security forces have stolen more than €2 million from refugees during pushbacks.
Greek strawberries “made in Bangladesh”
Up to 10,000 migrant agricultural workers live in makeshift camps in the strawberry fields of Ilia, which produce the “red gold” that generates tens of millions of euros in exports. While the Greek state remains indifferent, the number of workers is expected to increase, as production is projected to skyrocket by 2025, covering approximately 6,200 acres.
The cost of agricultural produce in Portugal’s Alentejo region
Diana Takacsova’s photography stresses the role of the essential workers who are frequently trapped outside the formal system, juxtaposing it with the intensified land use and the inadequate living and labour conditions present in the Alentejo region.
The logbook of Moria
A logbook was found in the ashes of Europe’s most notorious refugee camp. Written by the workers that were there to protect the unaccompanied minors, but often felt incapable of doing so, its pages reveal the horrific reality that they endured. The logbook of Moria’s safe zone is an indisputable document of Europe’s failure to protect the most vulnerable group of asylum seekers that sought safety within its borders.
19 / 10 / 2023
“The Pylos shipwreck has forced us to confront questions about so-called European values”
30 / 06 / 2023