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description Center-left oriented daily newspaper
publishing company Tegopoulos publishing house
First edition 1975
Frequency of publication Every day
Range 0.114 million readers
( www.pressreference.com; as of 1995 )
Editor-in-chief Vangelis Panagopoulos
editor Mania Tegopoulou
Web link www.enet.gr

Eleftherotypia ( Greek Ἐλευθεροτυπία / "freedom of the press") was adaily newspaper publishedin Athens that was located in the left-wing opinion spectrum. It was one of the most widely distributed newspapers in the country. Eleftherotypia also published a Sunday edition of Kyriakatiki Eleftherotypia ( Greek Κυριακάτικη Ἐλευθεροτυπία ), which published articles from Le Monde diplomatique , among others.

Eleftherotypia , first published in 1975, belonged to their journalists until the Tegopoulos brothers took over. The later editor was Mania Tegopoulou, who also kept the traditional socialist orientation of the paper.

Every Wednesday the newspaper contained the comic magazine " 9 ", which had around 200,000 readers a week. This magazine regularly hosted comic exhibitions and every year a competition for talented young comic artists.

In the wake of the Greek financial crisis , a complete payment freeze for the salaries of all employees was ordered in July 2011. About 700 people were affected. Nevertheless, the newspaper was initially published. However, in early 2012 the newspaper stopped appearing and the owners filed for bankruptcy .

From mid-February 2012, members of the workforce were self- managing the editors’s weekly newspaper Eleftherotypia .

Eleftherotypia has been published daily since January 10, 2013 after the crisis-related break, but was finally stopped in November 2014 by the new publisher Harris Ikonomopoulos after several strikes in which the workforce demanded their salaries that had been outstanding for months.


The newspaper represented an attitude critical of globalization, which also included a distanced attitude to the current politics of the US government.


Since the newspaper was re-published in January 2013, Kostas Koufogiorgos and Vaggeli Papavasiliou have designed the daily political cartoon of Eleftherotypia.


In December 1975, the head of the CIA Athens office, Richard Welch , was murdered by the November 17th terrorist group. A letter of confession was sent to Eleftherotypia , which published it the following day. Until the members of the terrorist group were arrested in 2002, notices of the same were published several times in the newspaper Eleftherotypia . Other left-wing extremist terrorist groups such as ELA and smaller anarchist groups also preferred to send their letters to Eleftherotypia , e. B. to confess to bomb attacks in Athens. Critics accused the newspaper of publishing such letters of confession and manifestos without criticism, and that until 2001 it had always failed to condemn acts of terrorism. Since the editors of Eleftherotypia have also distinguished themselves by criticizing anti-terrorism laws worldwide, the newspaper has often been accused of supporting terrorism .

In November 2005, an Athens appeals court found the publisher (Tegopoulos-Verlag), editor Serafim Fintanidis and two other Eleftherotypia employees guilty of defaming prosecutor Christos Lambrou with an article about the November 17 trial against the terrorist group . They were sentenced to pay Lambrou 60,000 euros each.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. spiegel.de Spiegel.de: Article on the debt crisis
  2. The standard of January 4, 2012: "V"
  3. Margarita Tsomou: survival in Greece: the freedom to carry on . In: taz , February 14, 2012
  4. Who will inherit the readers? taz.de, January 13, 2013
  5. ^ Lock-out for 140 unpaid journos & staff of daily “Eleftherotypia” after strike [lockout for 140 unpaid journalists and employees of the daily newspaper “Eleftherotypia” after the strike]. KeepTalkingGreece, November 24, 2014.
  6. Manolis Vasilakis: Kala na pathoun . ISBN 960-252-007-8 , A research on the reactions of Greek media and the public after the 9/11 attacks.
  7. informaworld.com (PDF) Informaworld