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Greece report: Wikipedian wins a lawsuit against politician[edit]

By Marios Magioladitis

On February 22, 2018, Mr. Theodore Katsanevas, politician and academic, withdrew the lawsuit he had filed against Wikipedian and member of Wikimedia Community User Group Greece User:Diu (Dimitris Liourdis). The lawsuit was scheduled for hearing for March 15, 2018. Mr Katsanevas' motion, albeit last minute, is a vindication not only for Diu himself but also for all volunteers of the Wikimedia community, since his claim was directed against the principles of Wikipedia, an open and cooperative venture that's committed to presenting neutral and uncensored information, supported by reliable, secondary sources.

As Wikimedia Community User Group Greece, we hope that the outcome of this case will deter similar cases of targeting community volunteers from happening in the future. In any case, the Wikipedia community itself, through its thousands of volunteers, has demonstrated that it possesses the means to ensure compliance of the content of its articles not only with the project's own policies, but also with applicable legislation. On behalf of Diu, we would like to warmly express our gratitute to the members of the community for their moral support, the Wikimedia Foundation for their continous support from the very start, and lawyer Hara Daouti of Lambadariou law firm for her expert legal handling of the case.