Reforms help Greek journalist avoid €100k libel suit Reporter says press law amendments can resolve conflicts before they reach courtGreek journalist Diana Tsampodimou. Courtesy Diana Tsampodimou.
Α true nightmare, a harsh experience, a never-ending case hanging over your head: these are just a few of the ways Greek journalists have described the ordeal of being targeted in libel lawsuits by powerful politicians or businesspersons.
Seeking hundreds of thousands or even millions of euros in compensation, these lawsuits have led many Greek journalists to financial ruin, caused them severe professional damage and, most importantly, imposed a wider sense of self-censorship in newsrooms.
But this article is not about another Greek journalist trying to prepare for a long, painful and uncertain legal dispute.