The Athens Pride denounced on Thursday 16 May the decision by the National Council for Radio & Television to ban all Athens Pride publicity spots until the plenary session of the Council can discuss the appropriateness of their broadcast. The reason for given by the Council is the fact that the spots include a lesbian kiss.
This is the second such incident of censorship and discrimination against the LGBT community on Greek media in recent months. In October 2012, State TV channel NET had chosen to edit a kiss between two men out of a episode of Downton Abbey. After viewers reacted angrily on social media, most importantly on Twitter with the hashtag #puritaNET, the channel’s director Kostas Spyropoulos had argued that the scene was cut because of the time of the broadcast and the “suitable for all” rating of the show, whereas late-night re-runs would include the scene – ignoring a 2003 ruling by the Council of State which condemned the Council’s decision to censor a gay kiss scene on Mega TV channel.