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ΕFA-Rainbow supports the right of the Catalan people to decide on their future and joins the EFA campaign "Catalonia decides"

Catalonia decides



Radio Macedonian Culture

A selection of Macedonian blogs in Greece

Aegean Macedonian Culture

Anti-macedonian policy during the elections for the European Parliament against Rainbow by the Greek state and the Greek mass media

A scandal by the Parliamentary committee

Greek TV stations sabotage EFA-Raibow

Ultra-nationalists want "borders with Serbia"!

"Hellenic Post" sabbotages EFA-Rainbow Campaign

Typical example of censorship of Rainbow

Attack of the Greek Neo-nazi party

A Greek - Macedonian dictionary by Vasko Karatza printed with the support of EFA - Rainbow
 Greek   Macedonian

D. Lithoxoou
"Extracts of Letters"

Τι έλεγε κάποτε το ΚΚΕ για τους Μακεδόνες

Denying Ethnic Identity:
The Macedonians of Greece, by Human Rights Watch

Linguistics and politics II:
Macedonian Language

Greece's stance towards
its Macedonian minority
and the neighbouring
Republic of Macedonia.

Lawed Arguments
and Omitted Truths

R. Nikovski: Memorandum to the European Parliament
Facts behind the Greek politics towards Macedonia

English  Macedonian

"Proposed disciplinary measures to stamp out the Macedonian minority in Greece by the National Security Service"

Center Maurits Coppieters
European Free Alliance
Federal Union of European Nationalities
Greek Helsinki Monitor
Greek Anti–Nationalistic Movement
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International
Macedonian Human Rights of Australia
OMO Ilinden - PIRIN
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Macedonian Forum for politics and history

Greek Journalists Guilty of Defaming Vlach Language Activist

by Georgios N. Papadakis


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Florina/Lerin -- Last Tuesday an Athens court found three Greek journalists guilty for 'revilement', a slightly lesser charge than libel under Greek law. They are the publisher Dimitris Rizos, director G. Bertsos and editor-in-chief K. Sarrikostas of the daily newspaper Adesmeftos Typos. It followed a successful lawsuit filed by vice president of EBLUL's Greek Member State Committee, native Vlach / Aromanian Sotiris Bletsas.

The initial charges against the three journalists were libel and revilement but because of a new law implemented in July 2005, libel was commuted to revilement.

Additionally, because the offending article was written in September 2004, therefore before July 2005, there was no custodial sentence for the defendants that would have led, in similar cases, to one year's imprisonment.

The anonymous newspaper article contained various libellous allegations against Bletsas, a well-known activist on linguistic diversity issues in Greece and abroad. He was characterized as a "pro-Skopjan agent who...provocatively spreads propaganda for non-existent, so-called minority languages in Greece ...and was convicted for it in the past".

Members of the Greek Parliament belonging to Nea Dimokratia (the ruling Conservative party) were present at court to defend Rizos, Bertsos and Sarrikostas. According to MP Katerina Papakosta's testimony, there was no evidence to prove that the allegations in the article were directed specifically against Mr. Bletsas.

Another parliamentarian, Vyron Polydoras claimed that he is in favour of protecting the Aromanian (Vlach) language, and had signed the 1333 Recommendation of the Council of Europe in 1997, but only as long as the language did not harm Greek national interests.

The third MP that testified, Evgenios Haitidis, is the one that initially brought Bletsas to court for distributing EBLUL leaflets in 1995.

Mr Bletsas was found innocent and has since filed a compensational lawsuit against Haitidis that will go to retrial in early 2007.

Right after the court's decision Mr Bletsas told Eurolang that even without fines it will be a "good lesson" for anybody that tries to defame minority rights activists in the future.

He also urged the Greek government to "co-operate with EBLUL in order to save and promote minority languages" that are threatened with extinction.

Minority languages in Greece include Aromanian (Vlach), Macedonian, Pomak, Arvanite, Romani and Turkish. Only Turkish is currently being taught at minority schools in western Thrace. (Eurolang (c) 2005)


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την ΕΕΣ-Ουράνιο Τόξο

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Promotion of the
Macedonian Language
Primer at the OSCE HDIM

English Greek Macedonian

Greek irredentism and expansionism officially sanctioned by the Greek Parliament
English Greek Macedonian

Letter to Carla del Ponte,
Chief Prosecutor for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

English Greek Macedonian

The Yugoslavian Crisis
English Greek Macedonian

Document of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs

Related to the article - The obvious linguistic particularity - Eletherotypia, 18/11/2006

English   Greek

The ten Greek myths
on the “Macedonian issue”

By IOS team – Eletherotypia, 23/10/2005

Who says there are no
minority languages in Greece?

The "secret" census
in north Greece, in 1920

Map showing the Cultures and Languages in the E.U.

Council of Europe
Framework convention for the Protection of national minorities




Συνέντευξη: Ευάγγελος Κωφός, Έλληνας ιστορικός
Δημοκρατία της Μακεδονίας - Σκόπια είναι όνομα που εκφράζει την ταυτότητά σας

Greek   Macedonian

Ο Παύλος Φιλίποβ Βοσκόπουλος απαντά στον Ευάγγελο Κωφό.
«Το Μακεδονικό ζήτημα είναι η αχίλλειος πτέρνα του ελληνικού μύθου».

Greek   Macedonian
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