09 Nov 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 24 Sep 2018 n° 102/2018 Greece

Three Fileleftheros Journalists Detained After Defence Minister Files Libel Complaint

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
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Three journalists from the Greek newspaper Fileleftheros were detained by police overnight on 22 September after Defence Minister Panos Kammenos filed a libel complaint against the paper over an article that alleged mishandling of EU funds intended to help Greece cope with the migrant crisis. On 23 September they appeared before a prosecutor, who ordered a preliminary investigation to be launched to determine whether libel had been committed and ordered the release of the journalists.
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09 Nov 2018
Response from the Greek authorities (Ministry of Citizen's Protection)
Follow-ups
27 Sep 2018
OSCE Representative denounces arrest of Greek journalists after criminal defamation suit by Defence Minister, urges decriminalization of defamation.
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