The editorial team of Govwatch
Annual Rule of Law Report Report for Greece – 2021
13 • 09 • 2022

The first rule of law monitor in Greece is already one year old and comprises more than 170 reports!

A society can not be deemed to live under the rule of law when the political system is not held accountable for its actions. A distinct example of a recent threat to the rule of law in Greece is the government’s handling of the issue of communications privacy. #surveillance 

Some of the most serious cases we have collated include: 

  • The expansion of the definition of the crime of spreading false news threatening press freedom
  • Lack of transparency in state funding of media outlets 
  • Censorship at the public broadcaster, ERT 
  • Bans on public assembly
  • Breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 
  • Excessive use of force by police authorities
  • The refoulement, or unlawful return, of asylum seekers 
  • The surveillance of journalists and politicians

Govwatch’s findings for 2021 at a glance:

For 2021, in the “Legislative Process & Government Oversight” category, Govwatch recorded a total of 120 breaches.

In the “Corruption” category, Govwatch found 7 cases.

In the category “Law and Order”, Govwatch collected 26 reports.

For the category “Fundamental Rights”, Govwatch collated 22 violations.

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