Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis has published a detailed account of an alleged criminal ring’s plans murder him. In addition, the ring was allegedly responsible for defamatory anonymous blog posts and blackmailing of journalists as well as a candidate for political office in the last elections, among a slew of illegal activities. His report is published in full in the April 18 issue of Vaxevanis’ magazine HOT DOC.
According to Vaxevanis, the criminal ring is composed of current and former members of the Greek National Intelligence Service (NIS), journalists, and some of their spouses. In the article, the members are almost all identified only by their initials and some redacted photos of members are also included. Funding for the team is provided by a banker who is also not named, and they were employing the services of a spy from neighboring fYROM. Vaxevanis alleges that the group is behind both a failed attempt on his life in September 2012 as well as a defamatory blog post on the site Fimotro in an apparent effort to discredit him. A similar defamatory post on the same site succeeded in causing the electoral defeat of Vasilis Hitos, a candidate in last year’s elections with the Independent Greeks political party. Journalist Tasos Telloglou was also threatened by the banker. Also uncovered was an apparent plot to falsely incriminate a former female bank manager by planting drugs in a restaurant she owned. The bank manager had been fired ostensibly for embezzlement but allegedly it is actually because she possesses damning evidence about the banker’s family’s activities. By orchestrating a very public arrest of her on charges of distributing drugs, her credibility as a witness was to be damaged in case her allegations against the bank came to light. *
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On the 23rd of November 2012, Amnesty International screened this video at the “Role of Women in the Arab Spring” event, which took place at the Cervantes Institute in Athens, in a greater scheme of the organization’s efforts for the rights of women in the Middle East and North Africa.
From the beginning of the revolution and protests in the area, Amnesty International has called on all authorities to respect human rights and shall continue to do so. At the same time the organization is closely monitoring developments, sending out regular investigative missions, and publishing recorded content on human rights abuses.
With this event, Amnesty International acknowledged the equal contribution and struggle for this highly desired change, in all citizens. Additionally it aimed at pointing out the specific role of women’s activity in the Arab Spring, and due to their position and gender the discrimination and extremely serious violations they had inflicted upon them.
(h/t Reports from the Edge of Borderline Democracy)
The Athens Indymedia website previously located at https://athens.indymedia.org has been shut down
by the Greek government according to tweets by ruling party MP Adonis Georgiadis, seen here congratulating minister of Public Order Nikos Dendias. Update 4/14/2013 It appears that the action was actually initiated by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)-where Athens Indymedia was being hosted. However, details are still unclear. See last two updates at the bottom of the post after the jump for more information.
Ακολουθεί η συνομιλία μου στις 27/3/2013 μέσω twitter με τον Διευθυντή του Γραφείου Τύπου του Πρωθυπουργού Αντώνη Σαμαρά Γιώργο Μουρούτη. Έχω προσθέσει και μετάφραση στα Αγγλικά. Αντίγραφο της συνομιλίας φιλοξενείται στο Storify.
What follows is my 3/27/2013 twitter conversation with Greek Prime Minister Samaras’s Press Secretary George Mouroutis. The original tweets are in Greek and I have translated the text to English. The conversation is also hosted on Storify.
Update 5/4/2013 Πρόσθεσα άλλα πέντε tweet που μου διέφυγαν. Είναι σημειωμένα με το σύμβολο ‘^’
Update 4/5/2013 I added five more tweets that I neglected to originally include. They are marked with the ‘^’ symbol.