On Wednesday (8 March) an Athans court acquitted the publisher and editor of an opposition newspaper of violating Greece's new pres law.
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SCU George Athanassiades (left) and Charalambos Klaras (right)
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CU Athanassiades and Klaras
SV Defence counsel
SV Athanassiades and Klaras
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Background: On Wednesday (8 March) an Athans court acquitted the publisher and editor of an opposition newspaper of violating Greece's new pres law. Mr. George Athanassiades, Publisher, and Mr. Charalambos Klaras, Editor, of the evening conservative "Vradyni" had pleaded not guilty to failing to publish a reader's letter replying the allegations contained in a newspaper article.
The letter was sent to the paper by a candidate for Greece's "mini-Parliament", the Advisory Committee on Legislation. It was in reply to an article which compared the election of the members of the committee to a beauty contest. The article said the only difference was that in a beauty contest the judges' verdit was final, but in the case of the committee, the final arbiter was the Prime Minister.
The defendants said they had never received the candidate's letter. The three-man Court of Appeal decided that the article was not defamatory of any member of the committee.
SYNOPSIS: In the Athens Court of Appeal building on Wednesday, three judges acquitted a newspaper publisher and editor of violating Greece's new press law.
At issue was a possible case of defamation against an opposition newspaper.
George Athanassiades, on the left, and editor Charalambos Klaras of the evening "Vradyni" had pleaded not guilty of not publishing a reader's letter replying to allegations in an article. The article compared elections to Greece's "mini-Parliament" the Advisory Committee on Legislation, to a beauty contest. A candidate objected but the defendants said they'd never received his letter. The court agreed the article wasn't defamatory.