August 13, 1957

DIMITRIOS LAMBRAKIS: Dimitrios Lambrakis, the publisher of the newspapers To Vima and Ta Nea, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home yesterday afternoon… The deceased had been fine yesterday morning and had been present at a trial at which he, along with the editors of the other newspapers charged, was acquitted… A journalist and publisher for many years, Lambrakis was born in Vamo, Crete, in 1886. He finished high school in Hania in 1907 and then left for Macedonia to take part in the struggle for its independence in the Florina area. He was betrayed and arrested by the Turks and imprisoned until the end of 1911. He volunteered to fight in the Balkan Wars in 1912 and 1913 and then settled in Athens where he began working as a journalist at the Patris newspaper until 1917, when he became its editor until 1921. In February 1922, he publshed the Elefthero Vima, in April 1926 the Economicos Tachydromos and in May 1929 the Athinaika Nea. He made a great contribution to the Greek press, both with regard to the appearance of newspapers and the quality of their content and did much to raise professional standards.