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Greek Court to Re-Examine Fines on Turkish Minority Newspapers of Thrace

A Greek court is to re-examine the case of Gündem and Millet Turkish minority newspapers of Western Thrace, which were called to pay 150,000 and 120,000 Euros respectively according to the decision of a local court in 2010.
The teacher of a school on the Greek-Bulgarian borders from 2005 until 2010, Hara Nikopoulou, had sued the two newspapers for publicizing “false” information against her.
The two minority newspapers had claimed that the Greek teacher asked her students, including Muslim children, to draw pictures of God, which is prohibited for Islam believers.
The local court of Komotini had decided that the two major minority newspapers should pay the above mentioned compensations but Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) said on Monday that the fines are excessive and should be revised according to the respective legislation of Greece that wants local papers to pay up to 5,865 Euros in fines (Act 2243).
The trial will begin on February 24.

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