Mrs. Helen Vlachos, the Athens publisher who fled to Britain after the Greek Colonels seized?
GV Newspaper building (2 shots)
SV PAN INTERIOR Men operate printing machines (4 shots)
CU Helen Vlaches speaks
VLACHOS: "It's a strange feeling to be here in the same office, which has changed so little. All the books and diaries, the catalogues all stopped in 1967 ... as if nothing had happened in between. A newspaper is always a young thing. It's young in the morning, dead in the evening, then young again. So at this moment the great problem is publishing a newspaper which will satisfy the old friends and the young ones. They all come with a lot of protective feelings ... take care, you must do this, you must do this, take care about your position in all the difficult situations. But the truth is at this moment, the great truth is that this newspaper is free ... it's free to write what it wants, it's free to make mistakes, it's free to have an opinion. And the opinion at this moment is hat Greece is really quite happy with what has happened and is frightened only with what can happen outside its frontiers. The enemy now is only the foreign enemy. Inside Greece, people are more united than they have over been before, at least more than they have ever been before in my lifetime. I hope that this is going to continue and I'm very happy again to be in my old job."
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Background: Mrs. Helen Vlachos, the Athens publisher who fled to Britain after the Greek Colonels seized power in 1967, has returned to the Greek capital to re-start her influential morning newspaper -- "Kathimerini".
Mrs. Vlachos shut down "Kathimerini", and an afternoon paper, rather than submit to censorship when the Army suspended democracy. She fled in disguise while under house arrest and set up residence in London.
On Thursday (12 September), Mrs. Vlachos was back in her old offices to begin the work of re-organizing her publishing company. She said it was as if nothing had happened during the seven years of military rule.
Mrs. Vlachos said it would not be easy to start up "Kathimerini" at short notice, and she would be returning to London for a while before the paper is actually printed again.
SYNOPSIS: The influential Athens newspaper -- "Kathimerini" -- is to be started up again soon. The paper was closed by its owner, Mrs. Helen Vlachos, when the Greek Colonels seized power in nineteen sixty seven. Mrs. Vlachos refused to submit to censorship and fled to London when she was placed under house arrest. Mrs. Vlachos returned to Athens this week and spoke about re-starting the newspaper in her old offices on thursday.