“Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt” is a documentary about the criminalization of HIV. Directed by Zoe Mavroudi, it tells the story of a group of HIV-positive women who were detained by the Greek Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their mug shots and personal data were published in the media, in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections.
“Ruins” premieres in the Benaki Museum – Peiraios Street Annex, Athens, on Sunday September 15th, 7pm, and the Aula Maxima, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, on Tuesday September 17th, 7pm. Both screenings will be followed by a discussion with the film director. Screenings are open to the public and entrance is free. After a round of public screenings in Greece and abroad, “Ruins” will become available online.
Visit the “Ruins” website for more information and related material.
Greek police launched an unprovoked attack on a peaceful solidarity demo, protesting hunger striker Kostas Sakkas’s continued, unlawful pre-trial incarceration. The attack took place in Thisseio, an area just below the Acropolis, among tourists, on Wednesday July 10th, 2013.
Women Struggle on Tahrir Square. Look at the whole series of images by Stefania Mizara at Haytham Pictures.
We are very happy that two members of the UNFOLLOW magazine team, and also contributors here at Borderline Reports, Mariniki Alevizopoulou and Augustine Zenakos, will be participating in the International Conference “Freedom of Information under Pressure” at the University of Vienna.
The conference takes place February 28th and March 1st and will gather more than 30 international speakers (academics, media practitioners, librarians, experts of open culture and public space, activists and policy makers) from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom, and will call for an open discussion on the challenges of freedom of information in the light of the recent surveillance revelations and the increase in censorship and prosecutions of media, journalists and whistle-blowers in Europe and beyond. For those not able to attend, the event will be streamed live through The Press Project, with a choice of three languages – English, which is the official language of the conference, or simultaneous translation in German or Greek.
Please visit the conference website for more information, the programme and the complete list of speakers.
Also, there will be a pre-conference event, a screening of “Ruins – Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt”, on Thursday, February 27th, at 19:00. The documentary describes the shocking case of HIV criminalization in Greece and the prosecution and public humiliation of HIV positive women – a case study of severe violations of privacy and human rights. After the screening, a discussion will follow with Professor George Katrougalos (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece), Mariniki Alevizopoulou and Augustine Zenakos (UNFOLLOW magazine), and the Researcher Kathrin Niedermoser (University of Vienna).
What Is the Price of Freedom? A debate. Thursday, October 3rd 2013, 7.00pm, Free Thinking Zone, Athens.
A debate on “tolerance” at an interesting juncture: The leadership of Golden Dawn, Greece’s neonazi party that holds 18 seats in Parliament, has been arrested and charged with forming and participating in a criminal organization. This debate, set up before these recent developments, aims to address the issue of “tolerance”, framed within a liberal-democratic discourse. It will be challenging to see where recent events take us.
The speakers are: Nicos C. Alivizatos, professor of law; author, What Kind of Democracy After the Crisis? | Geoff Kidder, director, membership and events, Institute of Ideas; convenor, IoI Book Club; IoI’s resident expert in all sporting matters | Dr Theodoros Skylakakis, MEP; member, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe; president, Drasi | Nikos Sotirakopoulos, PhD student; assistant lecturer in environmental sociology, University of Kent, Canterbury | Dr George Sotiropoulos, lecturer, Department of Political Science, Democritean University of Thrace | Augustine Zenakos, head of editorial team, UNFOLLOW magazine. The debate will be chaired by Claire Fox, director, Institute of Ideas; panelist, BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze.
During his recent visit in the USA, Greek Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection Mr. Nikolaos Dendias made a speech at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of City University of New York. According to the Athens News Agency, the minister said later on: “I had the chance to elaborate on a subject connected to human rights and law enforcement and to analyze the huge challenges the Greek society is facing today”. It is true that Minister Dendias talked about the rule of law, the principle of proportionality, Aristotle, Plato and other stuff, before he justified his policy. However, most of the theoretical part of his speech, which was published later on both the ministry’s and his personal websites, has been found to be copy-pasted from Wikipedia and other sites. It has also been found that some of the material used by the minister has been copied with some mistakes, too…
The AP Stylebook today is making some changes in how we describe people living in a country illegally.
Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explains the thinking behind the decision:
The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant” or the use of “illegal” to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that “illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.
Why did we make the change?