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Aris Chatzistefanou

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Aris Chatzistefanou

Aris Chatzistefanou (Greek: Άρης Χατζηστεφάνου) is a Greek journalist and filmmaker.

Born in Athens, Chatzistefanou started his career as a journalist in 1997 at Radio Skai 100.3,[1][2] where in 2005 he began his own show Infowar, a big success on Greek radio.[3] In April 2011, he released Debtocracy, a documentary co-directed by Katerina Kitidi about the Greek debt crisis, which, despite garnering almost a million viewers on YouTube,[4] was not well received in the traditional media and caused the cancellation of Infowar and his dismissal.[1][5]

He has worked for the BBC World Service in London and Istanbul, and contributed short documentaries and articles to The Guardian and other international media outlets.[6][7][8]

In 2012, he co-directed with Katerina Kitidi, the documentary Catastroika that focuses on the effects of massive privatization in Greece and several other countries. The documentary features Naomi Klein and others. The film was released by the co-owned Infowar Productions.[9]

Aris Chatzistefanou co-founded the magazine Unfollow in January 2013.[10][11] In 2014, he directed Fascism Inc., a documentary that shows how the economic elites supported fascism in the 1920s and 1930s, comparing it to the present situation.[12] In 2016 he directed the documentary This Is Not A Coup focusing on the effects of ECB and Eurozone policies in the European periphery.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Campaigning documentary 'Debtocracy' released in English". OWNI. 6 May 2011. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Political parties' condemnation". ANA-MPA. hri.org. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  3. ^ Makri, Elina (18 October 2012). "7 New Ways Greek Journalists Are Reporting Old News". European Journalism Centre. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  4. ^ Chakrabortty, Aditya (9 June 2011). "Debtocracy: the samizdat of Greek debt". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  5. ^ Phillips, Leigh (June 2011). "Society-wide anger". Red Pepper. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  6. ^ "About BBC Greek". BBC. 8 October 2003. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Aris Chatzistefanou profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Aris Chatzistefanou". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  9. ^ "INFOWAR PRODUCTIONS". Infowar Productions. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  10. ^ Robinson, Andy (21 February 2013). "Political Corruption and Media Retribution in Spain and Greece". The Nation. The Nation Company. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  11. ^ Donadio, Rachel (29 October 2013). "Greeks Question Media, and New Voices Pipe Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Fascism Inc: Greece and the Rise of the Extreme Right in Europe". Infowar. 23 May 2014. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Film show: Bridget Jones, 'This Is Not A Coup' and 'Mercenary'". YouTube. Retrieved 27 November 2017.