Declaration of Marco Cappato, Radical Member of the European Parliament,
and of Ottavio Marzocchi, advisor to Radical MEPs
αναδημοσίευση ενημερωτικού μηνύματος
Διαμαρτυρία για το φιλί, Αθήνα 14 Νοε. 2003
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Sent : Fri, 21 Nov 2003 16:21:32 +0100
From : "Ottavio Marzocchi"
Subject: for your information
we have received at the EP your requests for actions concerning the Megachannel issue and
the gay kiss. Mr Cappato, Member of the European Parliament for the Radical Party/Lista
Emma Bonino has tabled a parliamentary question on this issue that you can find in the
attached press release.
HOMOPHOBIA/GREECE: CAPPATO (RADICAL MEP OF THE LISTA BONINO) TABLES A QUESTION TO EU
INSTITUTIONS ON THE HOMOPHOBIC DECISION OF THE GREEK COUNCIL ON MEDIA TO FINE A PRIVATE
TV FOR SHOWING A GAY KISS
Declaration of Marco Cappato, Radical Member of the European Parliament, and of Ottavio
Marzocchi, advisor to Radical MEPs:
"The decision of the Greek National Radio and Television Council to fine a private TV for
showing a gay kiss, and the declarations made by the President of the Council to justify
such a decision are homophobic and deprecable. The alleged vulgarity is not in the gay
kiss, but in the declarations by Mr Laskaridis, while motivating the decision on the fact
that homosexuality is "a peculiarity which is out of the productive process of life" is worth
an intolerant religious leader and not a public authority. We hope that higher
administrative courts and public disappointment will lead to a prompt re-think of the
decision by Greek authorities, that is contrary to European human rights and fundamental
freedoms as guaranteed by article 6 of the EU Treaty and by the European Convention on
human rights ."
Text of the parliamentary question tabled by Marco Cappato to EU institutions:
Homophobic decision of the Greek National Radio and Television Council
On the 12th of November, the parliament appointed Greek National Radio and Television
Council (ESR) decided to impose a fine of 100,000 Euros to the private television station
Mega Channel for showing two men kissing in the popular late-night TV series Close your
eyes. Mr. Laskaridis, President of ESR, reportedly stated that "there have been
unacceptable and extreme dialogues which prepared a vulgar atmosphere and led to an event
which might happen in the society but it is not usual. It is a peculiarity which is out of the
productive process of life". Demonstrations have followed in Athens, while the private TV
has announced that it will appeal to higher courts and a petition was signed by all private
TV stations calling for a rethink of the decision.
Doesn't the Council / the Commission believe that this decision is contrary to art. 6 TUE and
to the European Convention on human rights? Will the Council / the Commission express its
concern to the Greek government concerning the homophobic decision of the ESR?
For more informations:
Advisor to Radical MEPs of the Lista Bonino
committee for citizens' freedoms and rights,
justice and home affairs
Brussels office: ASP 2H346
tel 0032 2 2843995
fax 0032 2 2849983
Strasbourg office: T 04.031
tel 0033 3 88172877
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