Bittersweet end for Greek journalist who won libel trial but lost job Crete court upholds media's right to scrutinise activities of public officialsA court in Crete last month acquitted journalist Alekos Andrikakis (second from L) of criminal libel. Photo courtesy Alekos Andrikakis.
Greek journalist Alekos Andrikakis strikes a bittersweet tone when describing his long-awaited acquittal last month on libel charges brought by the former mayor of Heraklion, on the island of Crete.
“There is a great sense of victory,” Andrikakis said in an interview with the International Press Institute (IPI). “A personal victory and a victory for all of my colleagues and for press freedom.”
But while Andrikakis may have escaped a three-month prison sentence, the multi-year ordeal took a toll on his professional career. A job loss and financial insecurity hit hard.