Vienna, 24 September 2018
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is alarmed about the arrest of three journalists from the Greek daily newspaper Fileleftheros on defamation charges. The publisher Thanassis Mavridis, editor-in-chief Panayiotis Lampsias and political editor Katerina Galanou spent a night in jail.
“The detention was the result of a criminal defamation charges by the Minister of Defence relating to a story about the alleged misuse of European Union funds
The Minister filed charges also against four other journalists from the newspaper.
“Greece must urgently decriminalize defamation” said Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General.