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Yesterday, Greece's Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA) distributed a news story to national and international media concerning the alleged actions of two New York-based Greek journalists who represent Alpha TV and Star Channel of Greece in New York as foreign correspondents credentialed by the Foreign Press Center of the State Department. According to Greek media, the two journalists are Mr. Thanos Dimadis and Mr. Dimitris Soultogiannis.

AMNA's story alleged that the two journalists were arrested by the New York Police Department and that they face criminal charges for falsely identifying themselves to law enforcement. The report further claimed the two journalists forged the signature of a member of the Greek delegation after paying for a meal at the Westin New York Grand Central Hotel. The reporters were only temporarily released, according to the report. AMNA quoted a statement from Mr. Nikos Pappas, the country’s Minister of Information, attesting to the accuracy of the state news agency’s report.

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