Greek Blogging Laws

Press-gr. is one of the most visited Greek blogs, whose purpose is to critique the Greek government and society and to provide news that goes under the radar of the mainstream media. I visit it daily to get information about government scandals and corruption. Some posts are bogus, but most are accurate.

The Greek government is considering the enactment of a new set of regulations regarding blogging activities like those at Press-gr. A few weeks ago, the police entered the home of one of the writers at Press-gr and searched for evidence in relation to a blackmailing incident. Press -gr stands accused of blackmailing a journalist at a major newspaper and threatening to release information about his political connections. In addition, many politicians feel that they are being personally attacked by the fierce, critical language of  Press-gr’s posted texts.

Recently, some points from the draft of the government’s new blog law were leaked. As expected, reaction from the Greek blog world was immediate. The most important issue is the battle against the anonymity of bloggers. Through this new law, anonymous postings could become illegal. Bloggers would be required to provide their true identities, if they want to continue their online activities.

Do I have to remind our government that bloggers are not journalists? Do I have to remind them that the internet is a free medium which even the U.S. cannot regulate and control? Do I have to remind them that this our space where we write our opinions? Is it possible to regulate someone’s opinion? I am appalled by my country behaving like one from the  third-world, where YouTube is prohibited.

I want to believe that this legal action against freedom of speech will go no further. On the chance that it does, Digitalrights.gr is a site that lobbies against these regulations.

I recommend it to those who want to keep the internet a free speech zone.

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