In 2014, the Greek government passed an anti-racism law aimed at cutting down on incitements to violence in the country. While well-intentioned, an application of this law in action saw the recent criminal trial of Greek author Soti Triantafyllou for an op-ed she wrote in late 2015 in which she mentioned a false quote attributed to Marco Polo about Muslims. She was informed in early 2017 that legal action was being taken against her for the misquote.
The Center for Liberal Studies (KEFiM) leapt into action, connecting Triantafyllou with a legal team (with one of the lawyers being KEFiM’s former research director) and covering most of the legal expenses. On May 2, a Greek court decided that Triantafyllou is not guilty under the law.
“The anti-racism law is well intentioned, there’s no doubt about that,” said Alexander Skouras, president of KEFiM. “But if we look beyond intentions, we realize that such laws stifle civil discourse and create a climate of fear for anyone who dares to express thoughts that test the limits of political correctness. This was our first venture into judicial activism and I’m delighted that it was a huge success. Our friends (and ideological adversaries) can expect more from us.”