Greek journalist’s libel conviction overturned on appeal Encouraging move should be followed up by repeal of criminal libel laws, IPI saysKostas Vaxevanis, director of the Greek magazine “Hot Doc” poses at his office in Athens November 2, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
The International Press Institute (IPI) today welcomed an appeals court ruling overturning the criminal conviction of a prominent Greek investigative journalist for defamation.
A three-judge panel of the Athens Court of Appeal on Monday unanimously threw out the conviction of Kostas Vaxevanis, editor of the investigative magazine HotDoc. A lower court sentenced him to 26 months in prison for defamation in March 2015.