A Greek court ruled that newspaper director Nikolas Voulelis and journalist Dimitris Psaras are not guilty of breaching and abusing Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris’ personal data.
Earlier, a Greek prosecutor recommended that the two journalists from newspaper “I Efimerida ton Syntakton,” who released a video incriminating Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris, should be found guilty. Kasidiaris had filed a lawsuit against the two journalists.
According to the prosecutor, newspaper director Nikolas Voulelis and journalist Dimitris Psaras must be declared guilty of breaching and abusing Kasidiaris’ personal data.
The case concerns an article and a video published last December, where Kasidiaris is pretending to be a warden, overseeing the prisoner being beaten by two people pretending to be police officers. The prosecutor argued that even though freedom of speech is respected and guaranteed, “a journalist must not offend the honor and reputation” of another person.
Furthermore, the prosecutor found several phrases and sentences in the publication that, in his opinion, cross the line of journalistic ethics. Meanwhile, the fact that the newspaper published one of Kasidiaris’ personal videos, which does not depict any type of political activity, constitutes a personal data breach.