Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kostas Vaxevanis: Facing jail, the editor who dared to name tax evaders: Press freedom is on trial, says Greek journalist in £1.6bn exposé

  • Kostas Vaxevanis, editor of Hot Docs, was giving a radio interview in Athens when officers stormed into the studio saying he had to go 'to be arrested'
  • Today, as he appeared in court, Greek daily Ta Nea reprinted the list across ten of its pages in possible act of defiance
  • Vaxevanis faces up to two years in prison for what police say was the illegal publication of personal details without proof of any law breaking
  • He says it is not him being put on trial but 'freedom of the press'
  • The list, given to Greece by France in 2010, contains names of 2,059 Greek account holders at HSBC, Switzerland, to be probed for possible tax evasion