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Armed and libellous?

A controversial magazine cover is causing a spat between Germany and Greece

Armed and libellous?
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An international spat between Greece and Germany was sparked when Venus de Milo, a Greek marble statue of Aphrodite—arguably the most famous armless goddess in the world—made a controversial appearance on the cover of the German magazine Focus. The problem? Her right arm was intact and she was flipping readers the bird. The magazine’s cover story—“Swindlers in the euro family”—explored German concerns regarding the bailing out of debt-stricken Greece, and outlined the nation’s supposed “2,000 years of decline,” including tax fraud and failed construction projects.

The cover was condemned by the Greek president shortly after it hit newsstands in February 2010. And now, more than a year later, six Greek citizens are taking legal action against Focus—alleging the cover was defamatory, libellous, and responsible for the denigration of Greek national symbols. Along with nine other employees of Focus, Helmut Markwort, the magazine’s founder, is due to appear in an Athens court on June 29. Despite facing two years in prison if found guilty, Markwort is unfazed: “I’m not on the run, and I’m also not afraid that I will have to go to prison.” He says he has a “clean conscience” and that he was simply doing his “journalistic duty.”


Armed and libellous?

  1.  Found this quite humourous as well:

  2. The German view is supported by the fact the Greeks lied about their financial state so they could get into the Union. Stupid Merkle should have never let them in or bailed them out when the lies caught up to them. Now they need another bailout or will default.

  3. “including tax fraud and failed construction projects”  – sounds familiar, lol!!!

    Maclean’s magazine cover features Bonhomme Carnaval wielding a cash-stuffed suitcase to illustrate a story about Quebec corruption.

    Yep, Greece is a mess, but don’t forget banks like Goldman Sachs arranged selling Greek bonds and lied about their AAA rating 4-5 years ago.

  4. Quick! Someone write up an EU Parliamentary motion expressing sadness!

  5. so this guy could end up in jail for telling the greek crooks to f*ck off?  wow, Europe is worse off than I thought.  not only can you not state the truth about muslims, now you cant tell the truth about greeks either.

  6. Greece is turning into a joke of a country.  You cannot defame or libel a country.  It’s completely ridiculous, but that won’t stop the Greeks from embarrassing themselves and showing the rest of the world what a sham of a legal system they have.

  7. This is worthy of an Aristophenes’ parody. 

  8. Free speech includes the right to be insulting, satirical, and/or painfully honest.  Do they have free speech in Greece?  In Europe?