Naomi Klein on the crisis and the role of the media

Naomi Klein’s interview to the Greek TV station SKAI, speaking about the Greek and international crisis and the role of the media. Please note that the introductory note is in Greek but the main interview in english.

UK surveillance law: a warning, and a call for a different future

From the itemised records of the 90s through to the detailed records of our online behaviour, it is getting easier to track what we do. There is vastly more information now about our every movement than there ever has been. Such information can be very useful to law enforcement agencies and other public bodies. There ...

Civil rights coalition says EU data protection bill threatens citizens’ rights

Some of the proposed changes to Europe’s data protection laws would strip citizens of their privacy rights, a coalition of international civil liberties organizations said Thursday. The European Parliament is currently considering proposals from the European Commission for a complete overhaul of the E.U.’s data protection laws. The original laws date from 1995, the pre-Internet ...

A free and pluralistic media to sustain European democracy

The Report of the High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism

Media Regulators in Europe: A Cross-Country Comparative Analysis

Empirical evidence demonstrates that states around the world are gradually setting up or reconfigurating existing media regulators. The nature and performance of theses bodies vary profoundly from country to country and the consequences of their action (and inaction) cannot be understood outside the specific national and regional contexts of these societies. This publication “Media Regulators ...

Act of Terror: arrested for filming police officers – video

Act of Terror from Fat Rat Films on Vimeo. When police carried out a routine stop-and-search of her boyfriend on the London Underground, Gemma Atkinson filmed the incident. She was detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest. She launched a legal battle, which ended with the police settling the case in 2010. With the money from ...

New Democracy “Truth Team”: Forgers with the Prime Minister’s approval

The New Democracy “Truth Team” made its appearance before the national elections of 2012. Its official mission is stated as “political analysis”. In reality, it is devoted to political propaganda on behalf of New Democracy, the main party in Greece’s government coalition, aiming at the defamation of the party’s rivals, systematically distorting facts and fabricating so-called ...

Extermination plan of Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis

In April 2013, the Greek, independent, political magazine Hot Doc published a special issue that contained revelations on how agents of the Greek National Intelligent Service, along with prominent bankers, journalists and members of the political world, tried to exterminate the investigative journalist Kostas Vaxevanis: “I wish this story never got written. It would mean ...

Censorship in the Greek public service broadcaster (in Greek)

Η Μαριλένα Κατσίμη κάνει λόγο και για τη γενικότερη προσπάθεια απαξίωσης και αφανισμού της ΕΡΤ από την πλευρά των κυβερνώντων, καταλήγοντας: «Η δημόσια τηλεόραση όμως δεν είναι δικιά τους. Είναι δικιά μας. Για το λόγο αυτό ο αγώνας μας αξίζει». Ολόκληρο το σημείωμα της Μαριλένας Κατσίμη «Δυστυχώς δεν μπορώ να είμαι μαζί σας σήμερα για ...

Free speech takes a beating in Greece

Against a backdrop of heavy austerity measures in Greece, free speech and the right to protest are being both challenged and undermined. The policies are the result of agreements between the government and the so-called troika, made up of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Since 2010, steps taken to restore fiscal balance have led to the ...