Posts tagged with ‘greece’

Yesterday they raided radio stations; today we have explosions at journalists’ homes.

There is an open effort to terrorize the media, a vital part of our democracy.

Simos Kedikoglou, spokesperson, Greek Government, in response to an attack against five journalists by a group called Lovers of Lawlessness. The group claims the journalists are sympathetic to the austerity measures being imposed on the country due to its economic crisis. New York Times, Journalists in Greece Are Becoming Targets.

The News: On Friday, attackers detonated gas canisters at the homes of an editor, two broadcasters, a crime reporter and a former journalist who’s now spokesman for a government agency privatizing Greek assets.

"These attacks are the most visible expression of an increasingly dangerous climate for all journalists, who are being turned into the scapegoats of a crisis they are just analysing," said Reporters Without Borders in a statement.

As the Times reports, “Activism by far-left groups appears to be on the rise after a series of attacks and threats against journalists last year by Golden Dawn, the far-right neo-facist group.”

No one was injured in the attacks.

Greek Man Arrested for Blasphemy on Facebook
Via the Christian Science Monitor:

A man was arrested last week in Evia, Greece, on charges of posting “malicious blasphemy and religious insult on the known social networking site, Facebook” according to a press release by the Greek police.
The accused, whose identity has not been made public, had created and managed the Facebook page Elder Pastitsios the Pastafarian, a name that plays on a combination of Elder Paisios, a famous, late Greek-Orthodox monk, and the Greek food pastitsio, a baked pasta dish made of ground beef and béchamel sauce. The term “pastafarian” is a reference to the satirical pseudo-religion “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” which has been used to lampoon creationism. The picture of Elder Pastitsios has a pastitsio where the monk’s face should be.

The accused man says he was satirizing the commercialization of Paisios.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the best place to start is probably here for background and then here with the letter that started it all.
UPDATE: There’s actually a Change.org petition to abolish Greek blasphemy laws going on. It currently has over 10 thousand signatories.  
Image: Cached version of the Elder Pastitsios the Pastafarian Facebook page via Google.

Greek Man Arrested for Blasphemy on Facebook

Via the Christian Science Monitor:

A man was arrested last week in Evia, Greece, on charges of posting “malicious blasphemy and religious insult on the known social networking site, Facebook” according to a press release by the Greek police.

The accused, whose identity has not been made public, had created and managed the Facebook page Elder Pastitsios the Pastafarian, a name that plays on a combination of Elder Paisios, a famous, late Greek-Orthodox monk, and the Greek food pastitsio, a baked pasta dish made of ground beef and béchamel sauce. The term “pastafarian” is a reference to the satirical pseudo-religion “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” which has been used to lampoon creationism. The picture of Elder Pastitsios has a pastitsio where the monk’s face should be.

The accused man says he was satirizing the commercialization of Paisios.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the best place to start is probably here for background and then here with the letter that started it all.

UPDATE: There’s actually a Change.org petition to abolish Greek blasphemy laws going on. It currently has over 10 thousand signatories.  

Image: Cached version of the Elder Pastitsios the Pastafarian Facebook page via Google.

Photographing Greek Protests
The New York Times Lens Blog profiles Angelos Tzortzinis, a 28-year-old Greek photographer who’s been shooting his country’s protests over austerity measures.
His ideal shooting location, he says, is between the protestors and the police.
Via the New York Times:

Taking photos during demonstrations in Athens can be very difficult — tear gas clouds create a suffocating atmosphere, people without gas masks run in all directions, while protesters who have masks hurl stones and Molotov cocktails.
To get his pictures, Mr. Tzortzinis says he must stand between the riot police and the protesters, every moment exposed to violence from either side. Many times photographers have been attacked by the riot police. But many times, too, they have lost their equipment after being attacked by angry protesters.

Image: A riot officer after being hit with a Molotov Cocktail, by Angelos Tzortzinis. Via the New York Times.
Tzortzinis’ work can be seen the Times’ link above as well as on his personal site.

Photographing Greek Protests

The New York Times Lens Blog profiles Angelos Tzortzinis, a 28-year-old Greek photographer who’s been shooting his country’s protests over austerity measures.

His ideal shooting location, he says, is between the protestors and the police.

Via the New York Times:

Taking photos during demonstrations in Athens can be very difficult — tear gas clouds create a suffocating atmosphere, people without gas masks run in all directions, while protesters who have masks hurl stones and Molotov cocktails.

To get his pictures, Mr. Tzortzinis says he must stand between the riot police and the protesters, every moment exposed to violence from either side. Many times photographers have been attacked by the riot police. But many times, too, they have lost their equipment after being attacked by angry protesters.

Image: A riot officer after being hit with a Molotov Cocktail, by Angelos Tzortzinis. Via the New York Times.

Tzortzinis’ work can be seen the Times’ link above as well as on his personal site.

Protests in Greece, via the Guardian.

Explainers Come in All Sizes

Greek Financial Crisis in digestible cartoon format with a H/T to Washington Post Innovations and JKK in NYC

A protestor walks past a burning van during a 48-hour general strike against austerity measures in Greece.
Photo: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters, New York Times Pictures of the Day.

A protestor walks past a burning van during a 48-hour general strike against austerity measures in Greece.

Photo: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters, New York Times Pictures of the Day.