Is there freedom of speech in Greece?

If it was not so scary, it would actually be hilarious. Greek Police has arrested today on Friday the administrator of a Facebook page, and charged him with the offenses of “Malevolent Blasphemy” and “Swearing of Religion” (please excuse the quick translations, I am not a lawyer).

Let us start at the beginning however: A few years back the Far Right (and not only them apparently) in Greece discovered a monk, Elder Paisios, that supposedly was a highly spiritual person, even a prophet and an (after death) performer of miracles.

Skeptics have dismissed these claims and have even started satirizing the fixation of people with Elder Paisios. One of the most recent and successful satires has been Elder Pastitsios. A quick explanation for those that do not speak Greek: Pastisio is a dish, similar to the more widely known Mousaka, that sounds approximately the same with the name of the monk.

A few days ago, on the 17th of September, an MP of Golden Dawn (the Greek Neo-Nazi party), mentioned the FB page of Elder Pastitsios (comparing it with Athens Indymedia), in the Parliament and asked for the intervention of the Electronic Crime Squad of the Greek Police, which happened according to the press release, on the 21st of September and its 27 year old administrator got arrested.

These events raise serious questions about the freedom of speech in Greece, its limitations and the influence of the Golden Dawn over the state.

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2 Responses to Is there freedom of speech in Greece?

  1. Korios05 says:

    You work for bread crumbs and you dont speak…and your problem is freedom of speach in Greece…Listen More, Speak Less

  2. I’m sorry, I don’t think we’ve met. I don’t believe you know, how much I listen and how much I speak….

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