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The Greek Foreign Affairs Minister moved to shut down the monthly Athens Review of Books newspaper


On 24 July 2017 the Greek Foreign Minister Mr. N. Kotzias froze the bank accounts of the publisher of the The Athens Review of Books (ARB) and impounded the proceeds of the sales from its distributary company.

During the past years, Mr. N. Kotzias, has used the Greek judiciary to wage a vindictive campaign against the ARB — the Greek equivalent of the The New York Review of Books.

Άρθρο των Financial Times για υπόθεση Κοτζιάς vs Athens Review of Books

FINANCIAL TIMES, 9 August 2017


Minister’s court win intensifies fears for rule of law in Greece

Syriza accused of interfering in case and eroding independence of judicial system

by: Kerin Hope in Athens
(Μετάφραση στα ελληνικά μετά το τέλος του παρόντος άρθρου)

Fears for the independence of the Greek judicial system are mounting after the foreign minister won a court order freezing the bank accounts of a leading magazine over a reader’s letter describing him as a former “fanatical” Stalinist.

The ruling in favour of Nikos Kotzias has drawn sharp criticism from academics and public figures, who say it violates EU law on freedom of expression. It also highlights broader concern over perceived interference in the justice system by the leftwing Syriza government.

The concerns widened beyond Greece last week when senior eurozone officials warned the government that the continued prosecution of Andreas Georgiou, its former statistics chief, over claims he inflated the size of the country’s budget deficit in 2009, threatened to drive a wedge between Athens and its euro area creditors.

Do It Like Erdogan

Ημερομηνία ανάρτησης 16.08.2017

vallianos-arb16.08.17Dr. PERICLES S. VALLIANOS
Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Athens

Fresh from his “triumph” against the Turks (how fake this “triumph” was and how detrimental to the interests of the Greek people we cannot analyze here) His Excellency the foreign minister returned to his beloved Fatherland determined to apply the methods of the new Sultan Tayip Erdogan for the solution of our pressing domestic problems, such as the Press that refuses to be the craven bootlicker of the government.

Griechenland Wenn ein Leserbrief zur Staatsaffäre wird

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 10.8.2017

von Ivo Mijnssen10.8.2017, 15:03 Uhr

Das griechische Aussenministerium legt sich wegen eines beleidigenden Leserbriefs mit den Medien an. Der Fall sagt viel aus über die fatale Verquickung von Politik, Medien und Justiz im Krisenland.

Nikos Kotzias sieht sich als Opfer der Medien (Bild: Simela Pantzartzi / EPA)

Nikos Kotzias sieht sich als Opfer der Medien (Bild: Simela Pantzartzi / EPA)

Wenn ein Aussenminister eine Verleumdungsklage gegen ein Literaturmagazin anstrengt, muss er dünnhäutig sein. Dies gilt auch für den griechischen Amtsträger Nikos Kotzias. Er klagte gegen die «Athens Review of Books», die 2010 einen kritischen Leserbrief abgedruckt hatte. Der Schreiber bezeichnete Kotzias darin als «fanatischen, brutalen und unerbittlichen Kommunisten» und «Gauleiter des Stalinismus». Nun hat das höchste griechische Gericht Kotzias recht gegeben und das Magazin Ende Juli zu einer Zahlung von 22 000 Euro Genugtuung verurteilt sowie die Vermögenswerte der Besitzer eingefroren.

Kotzias Ought to be Ashamed

There are many signs that democracy in Greece is going through a difficult time.
That is asserted by the New Democracy, academics, judges, journalists, and others.
Unfortunately, it is the grim reality.
Freedom of the press, one of the institutions from which the undermining of democracy usually begins, is under attack, also.
Surprisingly, in this case, the underminer of the freedom of the press is none other than the country’s foreign minister. 


Greek Foreign Minister acts to shut down Athens Review of Books

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

On 24 July the Greek Foreign Minister Mr Nikos Kotzias took action to freeze the bank accounts of the publisher of the monthlyAthens Review of Books(ARB) and impound the proceeds of the sales from its distribution company. The AEJ Greek section condemned the actions as unacceptable and issued the following press release.