Aca­demics protest Kotzias’s ac­tion against pub­li­ca­tion

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A group of aca­demics have con­demned le­gal ac­tion taken by Greek For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias against the pub­lisher of the Athens Re­view of Books (ARB), which re­sulted in the freez­ing of the pub­lisher’s bank ac­counts and the im­pound­ing of pro­ceeds from sales by its dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany, de­scrib­ing it as “un­con­scionable” and “vin­dic­tive.”

“Be­yond the threat­ened de­struc­tion of an im­por­tant pub­li­ca­tion, this de­vel­op­ment deals a se­vere blow to the right of free speech in Greece and to the un­in­hib­ited dis­sem­i­na­tion of knowl­edge and ex­change of ideas, which are es­sen­tial pre­req­ui­sites of an open and demo­cratic so­ci­ety,” said a state­ment that was signed by sev­eral aca­demics in­clud­ing Pro­fes­sor Richard Clogg of Ox­ford Univer­sity and Kevin Feather­stone of the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics.

Kotzias won a defama­tion suit against the magazine ear­lier this year over a reader’s let­ter it pub­lished de­scrib­ing him as a for­mer “fa­nat­i­cal” Stal­in­ist.

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