The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was concerned to learn about recent media freedom developments in Greece. Kostas Vaxevanis, a Greek journalist, was sentenced to 26 months in jail and suspended for three years because of articles he wrote about banking practices in Greece.
Vaxevanis already faced prosecution once for these investigations and is awaiting 42 additional legal proceedings based on his reporting. He has appealed the conviction.
“This is a serious attack on freedom of speech in Greece “said Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General. “Punishing a journalist for writing about important topics that are in the public interest is not acceptable. We call on Greek authorities to revoke this decision and show that they believe in media freedom”, he added.