In a statement, the Observatory emphasised the critical role of initiatives like ZackieOh Justice Watch, Lignadis Trial Watch, Kivotos Trial Watch, and Moria Trial Watch, which follow the example set by the Golden Dawn Watch project. These observatories ensure the transparency of trials, which is a fundamental guarantee of a fair trial as stipulated by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Greek Constitution.

“In the 21st century, limited physical presence in the courtroom, which is often inaccessible for disabled individuals, cannot be considered sufficient ‘publicity’,” the statement read. The Observatory clarified that their operations, along with those of similar initiatives, rely on the diligent efforts of observers and editorial teams, always adhering to ethical standards without the use of any “technical means of speech capture” in text.

The Observatory criticised the new legislative initiative as ill-timed and unnecessary, creating new problems without addressing existing ones. They argued that the measure is likely unconstitutional and called for it to be set aside.

The Observatory urged the nation’s judges, prosecutors, bar associations, and journalism associations to take a stand on this critical issue. “In any case and in any way, we will complete our part in this project, which will undoubtedly be continued by others,” they affirmed.


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