Aris Chatzistefanou

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

Born in Athens, Chatzistefanou started his career as a journalist 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]

Having worked for the BBC World Service in London and Istanbul, Chatzistefanou has been writing articles for The Guardian since September 2011.[6][7]

In 2012, he co-directed another film with Kitidi, Catastroika. It focuses on the Greek economic system and features Naomi Klein and others. The film was released by the co-owned Infowar Productions.[8]

Aris Chatzistefanou co-founded the magazine Unfollow in January 2013.[9][10] In 2014, he directed Fascism Inc., a documentary that shows how industrialists and bankers supported fascism in the 1920s and 1930s, comparing it to the present situation.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Campaigning documentary 'Debtocracy' released in English". OWNI. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Political parties' condemnation". ANA-MPA. 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. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Chakrabortty, Aditya (June 9, 2011). "Debtocracy: the samizdat of Greek debt". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 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. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "ABOUT". Infowar Productions. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Robinson, Andy (21 February 2013). "Political Corruption and Media Retribution in Spain and Greece". The Nation. The Nation Company. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Donadio, Rachel (29 October 2013). "Greeks Question Media, and New Voices Pipe Up". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Fascism Inc: Greece and the Rise of the Extreme Right in Europe". Infowar. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 

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