Theodoros Roussopoulos

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Theodoros Roussopoulos (Greek: Θεόδωρος Ρουσόπουλος) (born 13 September 1963) is a Greek politician. He was Minister of State and Government Spokesman from 7 March 2004 until 23 October 2008, as well as one of Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis's closest aides.

Roussopoulos was born in Kyparissia.

He studied at the Laboratory of Professional Journalism (Εργαστήρι Επαγγελματικής Δημοσιογραφίας), before continuing with a course in Journalism at the "Oxford Academy". He is a graduate of the Hellenic Open University, where he attended the Department for the Study of Greek Culture of the Faculty of Humanities.

His journalism career begin in 1984 in the left-wing daily Eleftherotypia, where he remained until 1995. During this time, he also contributed to the monthly Elle magazine. From 1989 to 1999, he worked at the Mega Channel station, particularly on the "7+7" programme. From 1987 to 1989, he contributed to Athena 98.4 FM radio station and, in 1999, to Star Channel, a television station. He is the recipient of an award from the Botsi Foundation as well from the Union of Turkish Journalists for the Best European Television Programme'.

His political career began in 2000 with his appointment as New Democracy press officer. After the 2004 general election, he was appointed as Minister of State and Government Spokesman by incoming Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis.

As Minister of State, Roussopoulos was responsible for the Secretariat General of Communication and the Secretariat General of Information, which, since its abolition in 2004, incorporated the functions of Ministry of the Press and Mass Media.[1]

In October 2008 he quit his ministerial post amid allegations of involvement in a scandal. All the parliamentary committees and the judicial review concluded that Roussopoulos had no involvement in the issue. However, the political damage to his reputation pushed him to resign.

He is married to the journalist Mara Zacharea (Μάρα Ζαχαρέα) and has two children, Vasilis and Anna.

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  1. ^ "Department history", www.minpress.gr, accessed 16 December 2007.

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