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Human Rights Watch warns Greece18 November 2021It has been reported that the legislation approved by the parliament, which considers spreading "fake news" as a crime, is incompatible with freedom of expression and media freedom.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that the legal regulation approved by the Greek Parliament, which considers spreading "fake news" as a crime, is incompatible with freedom of expression and media freedom.

In the news published on the official website of HRW, attention was drawn to the legal regulation of the Greek Parliament that made the dissemination of fake news a criminal offense, "The Greek government should immediately take action to annul this provision, which is incompatible with freedom of expression and press." statement was included.

HRW states that "Whoever spreads or distributes false news, publicly or via the Internet, that in any way undermines the public's confidence in the national economy, the country's defense capability, or public health, or causes anxiety and fear in citizens, shall be sentenced to a minimum of three months' imprisonment; and will be fined.” He pointed out that people who criticize state policies could be punished, as well as members of the press, due to Article 191 containing the phrase.
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