Greece passes law to combat fake news that could hamper press freedom

Earlier this month, the Greek government brought before Parliament amendments to the penal law that set heavy penalties for media that disseminate fake news. The modifications to the law were drafted by the conservative government and are deemed to criminalise the sharing of false information about public health, in the context of the pandemic. Greece's parliament voted to approve the amendment to the country's criminal code on Thursday, despite criticism from the Journalists' Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (ESIEA). Although the  union recognises the need to approach the spread of misinformation, it claims that "dissemination of false news" is too vague and could result in limiting freedom of expression.