Kostas Vaxevanis We will be holding a web conference with HotDoc’s editor, Kostas Vaxevanis, 9 May, at 4PM GMT and 6PM Athens time). On 28 October 2012, he was arrested over the magazine’s publication of a document claimed to be the Lagarde list, a lis …
On 28 October 2012, he was arrested over the magazine’s publication of a document claimed to be the Lagarde list, a list of 1,991 names of Greek customers with accounts at the Swiss branch of HSBC, suggesting that they could be tax evaders. The published list according to the magazine, “matched a list of 2,059 people” on the Lagarde list. Vaxevanis was released from Athens police headquarters a few hours after his arrest. On leaving the building, he said: “The prosecutor’s office wants to protect tax evaders. I’m just doing my duty. Instead of arresting the tax evaders and the ministers who had the list in their hands, they’re trying to arrest the truth and freedom of the press.”
In a New Statesman last month he was interviewed saying: “The only way for the Greek people to know about their own country is through the foreign press. They played a significant role in my case. While this was going on, during the prosecution, we had BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN treating it as breaking news while Greek media was being quiet about it. Ten days ago I was given another award in Spain, a Journalism Award and a Press Award – no one in Greece will ever hear anything about either those things“.
- Visit the USi home page at usilive.org
- Look for the BigBlueButton login under the video on the right sidebar
- Choose the chat room Austerity in Greece
- Enter your name
- Password: 123 (if you are already logged into the USi site, you won’t need to enter a password)
- Wait to be redirected to the web conferencing server
- Click “allow” so that the server can access your microphone and sound settings
Kostas will be discussing the law suits he has faced, death threats, the Lagarde List control of the press and media freedom in Greece.
Have questions for Kostas?
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