Greek Court Dismisses Defamation-of-Nation Claims Against German Magazine

The AP reports:

A Greek court dismissed defamation charges Tuesday against a German magazine that had illustrated an article on Greece’s economic crisis with a doctored photo of the Venus de Milo statue [draped in a Greek flag and raising her middle finger].

The 2010 Focus magazine article, headlined “Cheats in the European family,” appeared after Greece admitted it had falsified data to hide its acute economic woes, problems that ignited the whole European debt crisis.

A Greek prosecutor had charged the magazine with defamation and insulting a national symbol ….

But the Athens court ruled that Focus had referred to acts by Greek politicians and not the country’s population in general….

There is apparently a separate case progressing against six other employees of the magazine.