Vlachos, Helen

Greek publisher and journalist Helen Vlachos was most famous for her opposition to censorship and the government. She became popular in the 1940s when she started writing in the Kathimerini, her father's publication at the time, and repeatedly criticized the government. In 1951, she took over the Kathimerini, Messimvrini, and the Eikones, a weekly picture magazine. In 1967, however, the government was seized and censorship was established by requiring pro-Government daily reports in all publications. Instead of succumbing to the censorship, Helen closed all of her publications in protest.

After describing the junta negatively, Helen was forced into house arrest. Towards the end of 1967, she snuck out of her house and escaped to London where she became the editor of the Hellenic Review and published her book House Arrest. The fall of the junta in 1974 caused her to return to Greece and start her newspapers again. She eventually sold the Kathimerini in 1987 and spent her time traveling. She died in 1995.

Helen received immense recognition for her work throughout the years. She was acknowledged as one of the International Press Institute's World Press Freedom Heroes in 2000. The Eleni Vlachou Award is presented by the German embassy in Greece to Greek journalists and began in 2003.

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