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Reforms help Greek journalist avoid €100k libel suit

Α true nightmare, a harsh experience, a never-ending case hanging over your head: these are just a few of the ways Greek journalists have described the ordeal of being targeted in libel lawsuits by powerful politicians or businesspersons. Seeking hundreds of thousands or even millions of euros in compensation, these lawsuits have led many Greek […]

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Bittersweet end for Greek journalist who won libel trial but lost job

Greek journalist Alekos Andrikakis strikes a bittersweet tone when describing his long-awaited acquittal last month on libel charges brought by the former mayor of Heraklion, on the island of Crete. “There is a great sense of victory,” Andrikakis said in an interview with the International Press Institute (IPI). “A personal victory and a victory for […]

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David and Goliath meet in Greek libel suit

At first glance, it looks to be a battle between David and Goliath: Greek political cartoonist Andreas Petroulakis against the country’s powerful defence minister and leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL) party, Panos Kammenos. “For me it certainly feels like it,” Petroulakis, who is the defendant in a €1 million libel suit brought by […]

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‘Frozen cases’ aim to chill investigative reporting in Greece

Normally, the thought of facing nearly €2 million in libel claims brought by two very powerful business figures would be enough to make anyone nervous. Greek journalist Augustine Zenakos, however, doesn’t seem nervous at all. He calmly sips his coffee and smokes his electronic pipe, his mind seemingly distracted only by his next article in […]

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