Here’s the recent front page of nationalist newspaper Stohos (16/4/14). It announces a double celebration this Easter. A Ressurection and a Revolution.
It calls people to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection on Sunday 20 April and the “Revolution” on Monday 21 April.
On April 21st 1967 the colonels imposed a dictatorship in Greece via a tank-driven coup d’ etat. It lasted for 7 years and was one of the darkest moments in Greece’s modern History (see here for more).
Below is an abstract from the Greek Constitution.
Article 14 (On Press Freedom) – Paragraph 3
The seizure of newspapers and other publications before or after circulation is prohibited. Seizure by order of the public prosecutor shall be allowed exceptionally after circulation and in case of:
c) a publication which discloses information on the composition, equipment and set-up of the armed forces or the fortifications of the country or which aims at the violent overthrow of the regime or is directed against the territorial integrity of the State.
Now see the Stohos front page again and wonder with me why this publication is allowed to call for a, practically, new dictatorship.
I’ve been thinking for quite some time now to start posting the front pages of what is probably the shittiest newspaper in Greece. It’s called Eleftheri Ora (Free Time?) and it’s the single most antisemitic, conspiracy-loving, anti-immigration, nationalist piece of toilet paper circulating in Greek news stands. It has a very low circulation (maybe some hundreds) but, still, it is there in its effort to spread all kinds of bullshit ideology, urban legend, conspiracy theories and general crap.
Today’s cover made me finally start this column in my blog where I shall be posting their front pages so that you can see what kind of newspaper Eleftheri Ora is. I will be using the same comment at the end of every post about this newspaper, “Why is such a newspaper allowed to exist?” since such a paper would be banned or fined to death in probably all the countries of Europe. I’m not really into banning things, I am the romantic guy who believes that an educated society can reject racist ideology or stupid antisemitism. But Greece, like the rest of EU, has the relevant laws that would forbid a paper like this to be published, hence the question; Why is such a newspaper allowed to exist?
Today’s front page (on the top) has a headline saying “All young Greek women who had sex with Albanians are at risk for cervical cancer – 75% of Albanians examined had Hepatitis!!!”
From now on, I shall place all posts on Eleftheri Ora under the category tag “WTF” which can also be found on the menu bar.