Greeks sue over Aphrodite cover
Greek citizens are suing journalists over a magazine cover showing the goddess Aphrodite flipping the finger to the rest of the euro zone.
They claim the cover of weekly German newsmagazine Focus defames the character of their financially troubled but proud nation.
It featured the armless statue of Venus de Milo, which depicts the Greek goddess Aphrodite, doctored so the deity was showing her middle finger to the viewer.
The cover was supposed to be a provocative piece of journalism to sum up German concerns about a European Union bailout for debt-ridden Greece.
But it caused outrage in Greece and led to the German ambassador being summed to Parliament to answer questions about German media coverage of the crisis.
Now six Greek citizens are taking legal action against the journalists involved, including Helmut Markwort, the magazine's founder and editor in chief.
Markwort and nine other Focus employees have been summoned to appear in an Athens court next June.
Public prosecutor Ourania Stathea is reportedly looking into accusations of defamation, libel and the denigration of Greek national symbols.
Markwort, who could face up to two years in prison, told the Tagesspiegel newspaper that he had a "clean conscience".
"I'm not on the run, and I'm also not afraid that I will have to go to prison," he said.
what do you think?
This comment has been removed for violations of our Terms and Conditions.
Orange, please tell me what terms and conditions I violated in my last post - otherwise put it back!
its a joke at times Philip .No swear words just someone not liking someone elses opinion.So much for free speech!
woder if someone will do t shirts with this on.....its great i would buy one !!
The piece in Focus (I read German) is quite hard hitting, but accurate. Germany does not see why they should affect their economy to bail out a country that cannot manage its own. This was also stoked by Greeces position of asking for a handout, then wanting a vote to see if they would adopt the austerity measures required as a condition of them getting it, after they had had the first instalment. If Greeks don't like like it, tough. Europe doesn't like having to make cutbacks to cover your out of control debt. I don't, and I don't think many other EU citizens of states that are subsidising Greece (except maybe Portugal and Italy) will either.
maybe they should be made to sell the statue to actually help to pay their own debts
Tis a harmless fun pic of a statue that was carved a long long time after ppl stopped believing in greek gods so where is the harm??? get a life
I doubt they will get enough to cover their debts, lol