Car­toon­ist trial.

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Judges at an Athens first in­stance court yes­ter­day heard a li­bel suit brought by De­fense Min­is­ter and In­de­pen­dent Greeks party chief Panos Kam­menos against writer and car­toon­ist An­dreas Petroulakis over an ar­ti­cle pub­lished on the Pro­tagon web­site in 2015. A suit was also filed against for­mer Pro­tagon share­holder and ed­i­to­rial mem­ber Stavros Theodor­akis, now leader of the cen­trist To Po­tami party. Kam­menos, who heads the na­tion­al­ist ju­nior party in the left­ist-led coali­tion, filed for 100,000 eu­ros in damages – a dras­tic drop from the ini­tial de­mand of 2 mil­lion eu­ros – claim­ing that Petroulakis’s ar­ti­cle, ti­tled “Panos Kam­menos, they’re start­ing to look like him” and aimed at the govern­ment, made li­belous as­ser­tions and dam­aged his im­age. The suit has stirred con­tro­versy, with sev­eral high-pro­file politi­cians, in­clud­ing New Democ­racy chief Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis and PASOK strong­man Evan­ge­los Venize­los, sid­ing with the de­fen­dants, say­ing that the ac­tion aims to curb me­dia free­doms.

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