NEWS

Greece to bolster presumption of innocence; decriminalize defamation

IOANNA MANDROU

TAGS: Justice, Media

Greek Justice Minister Michalis Kalogirou on Monday submitted legislation in Parliament that, among other measures, will adopt European Union rules which will allow people suspected of a crime to seek compensation when public figures violate their right to presumption of innocence.

The law prohibits government or state authorities from making any public references to guilt, before a person is proven guilty by a court.

The ministry also tabled an important amendment that decriminalizes defamation in the press, a law which in the past has led to the arrests of journalists following lawsuits filed by government officials.

Under Greek law, defamation is considered a “flagrant” crime, meaning a complaint against a person can result in their immediate detention.

The law has been criticized by international organizations which have argued that it is used to limit freedom of press and intimidate journalists.

Online



 



Booking.com