The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

The Trial of Golden Dawn

Dubbed by the media as “the biggest trial of fascists since Nuremberg”, the trial of the Greek neo-nazis concluded in late October with the conviction of the organisation’s leadership in long prison sentences. It took five and a half years of court proceedings, 453 sessions and 216 witnesses to reach the verdict that Golden Dawn was in fact a criminal organisation operating under the cover of a political party. Its leaders, including several former members of the parliament elected with Golden Dawn, were found responsible for crimes that ranged from the stabbing murder of rap singer Pavlos Fyssas to violent attacks on immigrants and left-wing activists. During Greece’s financial crisis in late 2009, Golden Dawn rose from a fringe organisation to the third-largest political party, fuelled by social dissatisfaction over mass unemployment and poverty.

This panel consists not only of investigative journalists but also of speakers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds who formed an atypical alliance, instrumental in documenting that Golden Dawn was a criminal organisation and not merely a political party. The panel will address one of the still uncharted sides of the far-right phenomenon: deeper ties, direct and indirect, between Golden Dawn and more “legitimate” institutions such as the police, the justice system, business interests, among others.

This panel is a collaboration between the CIJ Logan Symposium and Reporters United.

17 November 2020 – DAY 2 - The Trial of Golden Dawn


Chrisa Papadopoulou

Chrisa Papadopoulou is a lawyer, member of the Piraeus Bar Association since 2010. In the trial against Golden Dawn, she represented the family of Pavlos Fyssas, the Greek rap singer murdered by a Golden Dawn operative.

Ioanna Meitani

Ioanna Meitani is a translator of German literature. She has worked as a programme coordinator of the Athens Office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation for seven years. She has been a member of the coordination team of the initiative for monitoring the trial of Golden Dawn, Golden Dawn Watch.

Ioannis Papadopoulos

Ioannis Papadopoulos is a feature writer and investigative reporter at the Greek newspaper Kathimerini. He has also worked as a feature writer at the newspaper TA NEA focusing on social issues and immigration.

Nikolas Leontopoulos

Nikolas Leontopoulos is a Greek journalist based in Athens. He is the co-founder of Reporters United, a new centre for investigative journalism and a network of reporters in Greece. Nikolas worked for ten years for the Athens daily Eleftherotypia.

Stefanos Levidis

Stefanos Levidis is a researcher at Forensic Architecture, where he participated in the investigation into the murder of Pavols Fyssas by the Golden Dawn. He is also a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University.


  • 17 November 2020 15.00–16.00 Time zone: GMT
Time zone: GMT
Location: Main Stage - Online (via Hopin)
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