02 / 09 / 2022
Passport Privilege: Turkish Fraudster’s Route to Honorary Greek Citizenship
Solomon and BIRN look at how a Turkish businessman – convicted of fraud in Turkey in 2017 and arrested with a fake Greek passport in 2019 – bought his way to honorary Greek citizenship.
03 / 08 / 2022
Solomon’s reporter Malichudis under surveillance for “national security reasons”
In a closed-door Parliamentary meeting, the head of Greece’s National Intelligence Service reportedly confirmed that two journalists had been under surveillance, including Solomon's Stavros Malichudis. A few months ago, Minister of State Giorgos Gerapetritis had repeatedly affirmed that “it is self-evident that there is no surveillance of journalists in Greece.”
21 / 06 / 2022
Facing 10 years in prison for an act of desperation
A year and a half ago, a young pregnant woman from Afghanistan, living at the Mavrovouni camp on Lesvos, attempted suicide by setting fire to her tent. On June 22, 2022, she stands trial, accused of arson with intent.
19 / 04 / 2022
European Court decision finds 2016 collective pushbacks “lawful”
On April 5, the European Court of Human Rights handed down a negative judgement on claims regarding the alleged pushback of approximately 1,500 asylum seekers into Greece via North Macedonia in 2016. ECHR acknowledged their violent persecution, but believed the applicants could have applied for asylum by other legal means ― although there weren’t any.
22 / 03 / 2022
Ukraine war: the “real” refugees and the lies of the Greek government
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Greek government ministers and MPs have spread false claims about refugees and international law. While experts, the UNHCR, and EU data refute their claims and more allegations are reported regarding Greece’s illegal pushbacks of asylum seekers.
22 / 03 / 2022
UNHCR responds to Solomon over Mitarachi’s definition of “real” refugees
Greek minister of Migration Notis Mitarachi invokes international law to distinguish "real" from "non-real" refugees. The UNHCR's response to Solomon refutes his allegations.
31 / 01 / 2022
SLAPPs against Greek independent media Solomon and Reporters United
The NGO Hopeten served members and journalists of Solomon and Reporters United with a legal notice regarding questions we had asked them as part of our investigation. Below is the legal notice and our response – this is not their first attempt at hindering our research and reports before we even publish anything.
15 / 01 / 2022
Six years with Solomon
Today is Solomon’s 6th birthday, which means that if Solomon was a person, he’d be starting school now — a new exciting stage of development and learning.
20 / 12 / 2021
Greece’s vaccination policy for the undocumented: Confused
An interview with data journalist Eva Constantaras on Lighthouse Reports’ recent cross-border investigation on Europe’s policies to vaccinate its undocumented population
16 / 11 / 2021
I am the journalist being watched by the Greek secret service
Our colleague Stavros Malichudis found out from a newspaper article that the National Intelligence Service, the agency charged with protecting national security, had information “from a highly credible source” about a story he was working on. He asks: Is journalism a threat to democracy?
15 / 11 / 2021
Greek National Intelligence Service spying on Solomon: Does our journalism threaten national security?
Greece’s central intelligence agency targeting the work of Solomon… What’s going on?
25 / 10 / 2021
Young Roma shot dead by Greek police. Yet another case of police impunity? — Part 1
After a car chase, Greek police shot and killed a young Roma man. The incident bears a striking resemblance to another case of excessive and unwarranted use of force by Greek law enforcement − in which Greece was convicted by the European Court of Justice in 2004. The Makaratzis case was the main lawsuit in a group of cases brought to the European Court of Human Rights regarding excessive use of force by Greek law enforcement and the failure of both disciplinary and judicial action to bring an end to such incidents. The Council of Europe continues to urge Greece to take action to address police violence.
19 / 10 / 2021
Congolese minor suing Frontex: “I thought that the law is upheld in Europe”
A.N., a young woman from Burundi, was recently granted asylum in Greece. However, her struggle continues. She is suing Frontex, for the first time in the history of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, for complicity in two pushback incidents that she claims preceded her asylum. The case is co-signed by an unaccompanied minor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo – who claims that he has been pushed backed to Turkey three times, where he currently remains.
06 / 10 / 2021
How a convicted neo-Nazi attempts to regain his seat in Greek Parliament − from jail
A year after the leaders of neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, were convicted of operating a criminal organization, their influence seems to have waned. However, through his own YouTube channel, which he uses to speak unopposed, Ilias Kasidiaris is aiming to become the main spokesperson of the Far Right in Greece.
10 / 05 / 2021
“We call it ‘modernization’” – reception centers for migrants will be ‘closed’ facilities
During her recent visit to Greece, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson made assurances that new reception centers on the Aegean islands would not be closed facilities. However, the reconfiguration of existing camps on the mainland into closed facilities are progressing at a rapid pace − and the authorities involved are pointing fingers at each other.
27 / 04 / 2021
His drawing traveled to Europe. But 12-year-old Jamal simply wants to “get out of this jail”.
"I don’t want anything from you. Nor am I happy that my drawing has traveled to another place, while I'm stuck in a prison", says little Jamal from a detention center on Kos island.
21 / 03 / 2021
A Tale of Two Hotels
Refugees were left homeless following evictions as the EU-funded programme providing shelter in hotels ends.
05 / 03 / 2021
A fire in tent 959
A heavily pregnant Afghan woman set herself on fire, after hearing her transfer to Germany was postponed again. The act was viewed as "a cry for help" by many. The woman had been living in Lesbos' infamous camps for over a year.
17 / 02 / 2021
Apostolos Kapsalis: “We are travelling in uncharted and stormy seas”
We sat down for a long discussion with the researcher of the Institute of Labor for the phenomenon "Manolada", the realities of migrant workers in Greece, and the challenges that the pandemic brought -and will bring- not only to the agricultural production, but the rights of the ones ensuring it.
09 / 02 / 2021
Paul Schlag: “The improvement of the labor market integration can be a very long process”
We spoke with the German researcher Paul Ferdinand Slag on the occasion of the “An Abundance of Unleashed Potential” report on the access of refugees to the labor market.
22 / 01 / 2021
Millions in funding at stake for refugee housing
2020 was the year the government vowed to “put NGOs in order” and millions were controversially allocated to tackle the issue. Funding was even granted to NGOs that did not meet the criteria set by the government.
01 / 11 / 2020
The logbook of Moria
A logbook was found in the ashes of Europe’s most notorious refugee camp. Written by the workers that were there to protect the unaccompanied minors, but often felt incapable of doing so, its pages reveal the horrific reality that they endured. The logbook of Moria’s safe zone is an indisputable document of Europe’s failure to protect the most vulnerable group of asylum seekers that sought safety within its borders.
14 / 09 / 2020
Giorgos Tsiakalos: “In Europe, a racist policy is being implemented”
The Emeritus Professor of Pedagogy Giorgos Tsiakalos speaks to Solomon and analyzes in depth the racist policies of the European Union towards mobile populations.
12 / 09 / 2020
“The time-bomb exploded” at Greece’s largest refugee camp
Massive fires burned through Moria – repeated warnings had been made, and ignored, for years.
07 / 07 / 2020
The grey areas on the list of the greek media outlets’ payments for COVID-19 awareness campaign
Athens Voice received more money than LIFO. The Athenian newspaper Efimerida ton Syntakton only got as much as a local paper. There were 239 websites that received money although they were unregistered news outlets. The publication of the list revealed inconsistencies in the payments the media received for the coronavirus public awareness campaign "We Stay Home".
26 / 06 / 2020
The thorn in our side: racially-motivated violence in Greece
Attacks on refugees, attacks on the LGBTQI community, police officers as aggressors. This year, the findings of an annual report by the Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) are, once again, concerning.
Iliana is a journalist and editor. She concentrates on migration, the far-right, and food systems. She has been nominated for the European Press Prize '21 and won the IJ4EU Impact Award '22. Her work has been published in media like The New Humanitarian, Balkan Insight, Der Tagesspiegel, and οpenDemocracy. She has studied Psychology and Social Anthropology.
Stavros is a reporter and editor. He has worked for the Agence France-Presse and inside story, and has participated in cross-border investigations with Lighthouse Reports and Investigate Europe. He’s member of Reporters United. His reports have been published in European media. He was shortlisted for the European Press Prize ‘21 and won the IJ4EU Impact Award ‘22. In 2019 he was selected as a fellow for BIRN's Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence (BFJE). He has been trained in data journalism at Columbia University in New York on a fellowship.
Journalist & data editor
Corina is a journalist and data editor at Solomon. She has worked with VICE Greece, Reporters United, and Balkan investigative network BIRN. She has studied Political Science. In 2019, she won a scholarship to Columbia Journalism School's Lede Program on coding, data analysis, and visual storytelling. She has reported on migration, real estate, data privacy and gender.
Aristea was born in 1994 and grew up on Kythira island, Greece. Her studies are in Journalism and Archives, Librarianship & Information Science. She was trained in Multimedia Journalism as an SNF scholar in Columbia University, NY. She holds an MA in Risk Communication and Crisis Journalism. Aristea is the founder of the “Migratory Birds”, the first newspaper in Greece made by and for refugee, migrant and Greek youth.
Gigi was raised in the US, a daughter of Greek immigrants. She graduated from Boston College with a concentration in Education and Modern Greek Studies. As a grant recipient at the University of Athens, she completed further coursework in Greek Studies. In her professional background, Gigi has provided writing, editing, translation and content development services to media and academic sectors, publishing companies and multinational corporations. She’s also taught at a multicultural kindergarten, worked in a restaurant kitchen, interpreted for immigration services at a US airport, sold t-shirts in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, and led meditation & mindfulness classes at a women’s center.
Galatia creates illustrations for Solomon's stories. She studied and worked in Thessaloniki, the Netherlands and Crete in the field of information technology and multimedia. She has attended photography and archival practices seminars. Through photography and collage, she explores topics about contemporary social issues. She is currently based in Athens.
Nasruddin is a board member and migration expert. He was born in Afghanistan and raised in Pakistan. He has worked as an interpreter, cultural mediator and case worker with IOM. He is a current board member of the Greek Council for Refugees. He has a degree in English Studies at Deree, the American College of Greece.