The mission of The Friends of Greece is to promote the common good and general welfare of citizens of the United States and Greece (see mission statement here). We believe that confidence in the rule of law and the integrity of economic statistics are important foundations for a healthy, prosperous, and productive society. If you have found your way to this blog, you are likely to feel the same way.
These pages contain a repository of information about the ongoing public criticism, civil and criminal charges that have been levied against Andreas Georgiou and others who produced official Greek government statistics from 2010 to 2015. For a comprehensive introduction, the International Statistics Institute maintains a document that provides a chronological summary of the court proceedings from 2011 to 2018. Editorials in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and The Economist provide brief introductions to the saga. This blog page contains our catalogued and searchable repository.
We hope that this compilation illuminates the truth of these matters, and that it helps you to be an informed and effective advocate for the value of international statistical standards and an impartial and effective judicial system in Greece.
The International Statistical Institute (ISI) has a background document including a chronology of the court proceedings against Andreas Georgiou and a summary of the position. The document is available online on the ISI website.
On Sept 22, Kathimerini published a news article about the social media campaign recently launched by the Friends of Greece. Read the English language article here.
The Georgiou saga is mentioned in an opinion article from Matthew Richards. The article specifically calls for leadership in the European Commission to proactively prevent misuse of justice against those who “shine a spotlight on harsh realities”. Read the full English language article here.
To mark the first anniversary of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s time in office, the American Statistical Association renewed its attention on the continuing persecution of Andreas Georgiou by re-issuing their previous statement by the Board of Directors. Read the English language statement here.
The International Statistical Institute reaffirmed their support for Andreas and for the cause of official statisticians who follow international agreed principles, in times of adversity. Read their English language statement here.
Sigrún Davíðsdóttir reviews the Georgiou saga, suggesting exhonoration for Georgiou’s conviction of violation of duty. Read the English Language article here.
The Georgiou case is mentioned in the 2019 Country report on Human Reports Practices for Greece. See the report here, Georgiou is mentioned in the section E: Denial of Fair Public Trial.
The American Statistical Association issued a statement regarding the postponement of Andreas Georgiou’s appeal of his conviction of simple slander. Read the English language statement here.
Miranda Xafa writes for World Economics about Georgiou’s appeal for conviction on “simple slander” and the history of the saga. Read the English language article here.
Catherine Rampell writes for the Washington Post, describing the history of the saga and the status in Jan, 2020. Read the English language article here.
The International Statistical Institute issued a statement to “again express its deep concern about continued legal action against Andreas Georgiou.” You can read the English language statement here.