Radio Arvyla: They mocked the voice of a cancer patient and will pay 30,000 euros

Radio Arvyla: They mocked the voice of a cancer patient and will pay 30,000 euros
Radio Arvyla: They mocked the voice of a cancer patient and will pay 30,000 euros

8 years ago, the presenters of Radio Arvyla showed a video of Apostolos Kenanidis, mocking him for his thin voice, which did not fit the bunch of stereotypes that professional truck drivers should have a bass voice. The plaintiff is the president of OFAE (Federation of Truck Drivers of Greece for Road Freight and Passenger Transport).

The Tripartite Court of Appeal of Athens ruled that this “satire” in question insulted the human value and personality of the victim at the altar of meaningless and degrading television satire for human existence, and awarded the amount of 30,000 euros due to monetary satisfaction . It is worth noting that the court of first instance had awarded the amount of 100,000 euros.

Sacrifice of human dignity on the altar of television viewing

“Regardless of the low amount of the amount awarded, which corresponds to a few seconds of advertising television time, the decision, like the first trial, was a turning point for the defendants, since it set the boundaries between satire and mockery, revealed the methodical and systematic communication the way in which the show disposed and seduced the viewers to mock the plaintiff”, says Mr. Kenanidis’ lawyer, Kostas Papadakis, in a statement.

It was pointed out again that the object of the satire was an involuntary characteristic of the voice, which had actually been caused by cancer and a pneumonectomy, as a result of which the “satirised” suffered paralysis of the vocal cords, as a result of which the timbre of his voice changed substantially.

As Mr. Papadakis reported to Alpha, the presenters of Radio Arvyla never apologized for what they said on the air of their show, written or verbal. “Even in spite of their judicial disapproval, may the res judicata of the above decision lead both the courts to similar demarcations between satire and mockery, but above all act as a preventive measure to prevent similar offensive broadcasts with the sacrifice of human dignity at the altar of television viewing “, the announcement also states.

The announcement of Mr. Papadakis

“With Decision No. 795/2022 of the Tripartite Court of Appeal of Athens, the lawsuit of my principals Apostolos Kenanidis and O.F.A.E. was also decided in the second instance. against “ANT1 TV S.A.”, “TONY PRODUCTIONS MONOPROSOPIS E.P.E.” and Antonis Doumas (Antonis Kanakis), the object of which was the monetary satisfaction due to moral damage of the plaintiffs, due to their insult on the TV show “RADIO ARBYLA” of 15.12.2014, in which the delicate tone of the voice of Apostolos Kenanidis was mocked, because it “doesn’t fit the bass stereotypical trucker voice”. The decision partially accepted the lawsuit and awarded an amount of €30,000 due to financial satisfaction to Apostolos Kenanidis, instead of the €100,000 that had been awarded at first instance, while rejecting the lawsuit of OFAE. on the grounds that the insults were limited to the person of Mr. Kenanidis.

Regardless of the low amount of the awarded amount, which corresponds to a few seconds of advertising TV time, the decision, like the first trial, was a turning point for the defendants, since it set the boundaries between satire and mockery, it revealed the methodical and systematic way of communication by which the show disposed and misled the viewers to mock the plaintiff and, as it correctly admits among other things, “…the presentation of the matter was not done lawfully and with a sense of responsibility towards the human nature and dignity of the 2nd plaintiff, but with the sole purpose of the increase in television viewing (it turned out that the television viewing on that day amounted to 34.5%), “…not respecting the constitutionally recognized right to the human value and personality of the victim, which they sacrificed without justifiable reason, on the altar of meaninglessness and humiliating for human existence television satire, resulting in the overall reduction of the price and sub of the second plaintiff….”

Involuntary feature of the voice

It was pointed out again that the object of the satire was an involuntary characteristic of the voice, which had actually been caused by cancer and a pneumonectomy, as a result of which the “satired” suffered paralysis of the vocal cords, as a result of which the timbre of his voice changed substantially.

Despite their efforts, in which they unfortunately had allies, at the initial stage of the attempt to rehabilitate the insult out of court, and the National Radio and Television Council, which considered that the above television show “does not go beyond the tolerable limits of satire” and the presentation of strong arguments for the freedom of art, expression and culture and their social sensitivity, the defendants did not want to follow up with the Areopagus.

Apparently they felt that the amount of the awarded amount “does not exceed the tolerable limits” for their financial capabilities, and indeed it is. The plaintiffs did not continue either, since the main issue was not the amount of money, as it appeared from their entire attitude, but the protection of their personality, their moral justification and the disapproval of such behavior, which if not unbridled, will lead to a generalized daily television cannibalism.


The article is in Greek

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