Slav-Macedonian Newspaper Sued by Greek-Australians

The hearing of the Australian Macedonian Advisory Council from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal against the Slav-Macedonian newspaper ”Australian Macedonian Weekly” took place recently in Melbourne.

The law suit is over an article containing vulgar insults aimed at Greece and Greeks.

The article entitled “Who in this celestial world gave the Greeks the right to take away the Slav-Macedonian language?” was posted May 14, 2009. It included historical falsities regarding the alleged “abduction” of the national identity, ancestral land and language of “Slav-Macedonians” by the Greeks.

The writer of the article describes the Greeks as a “thieving nation” that chose to carry out the plan of the hellenization of Macedonia through the most brutal and inhumane methods ever invented and used against other human beings”.

The writer accuses Greece of using its “fascist” army to hellenize Macedonia claiming that ” this thieving nation meticulously engaged its fascist army in destroying anything Slav-Macedonian and replacing it with Greek “.

This delirium continues with the writer accusing Greece of of “ethnic cleansing of the Slav-Macedonian people from their homes” and of other “murders perpetrated in the name of Hellenism”.

He concludes saying that “these Greek deranged bastardly monsters took the Slav- Macedonian language away from our Slav-Macedonian children”.

The Australian Macedonian Advisory Council which monitors the Slav propaganda, appealed last year to the Committee for Equal Opportunities and Human Rights of Victoria, against the newspaper for racist attack on the Greeks, in accordance with relevant laws of the state.

As the Committee had no jurisdiction to deal with such appeals, the case was referred to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal seeking the condemnation of the article as offensive, as it undermines the unity of the multicultural society of Australia and incites violence.

The treasurer of the Australian Macedonian Council John Pelekanakis stated that the language of the article forced the Council to refer the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

“The language of the article is so insulting, outrageous I would say, that we are compelled to appeal against the article. As we emphasized during the hearings, the use of such language can lead to conflicts between members of two communities, Greek and Slav-Macedonian, to the detriment of the unity of a multicultural society.

In response to a question from our counsel Tom Hurley, Mr. Pelekanakis answers that if a similar article had  been published by Slav-Macedonians in a Greek newspaper, with such aggressive derogatory characterizations, it would have surely caused violent reactions from the Slav-Macedonian community.

“We believe that the condemnation of this article by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal will make the Slav propagandists realise their mistake and hope it will act as a deterrent, ” he added.

The Tribunal’s decision will be issued in a month.


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  • nick

    Australian Macedonia Weekly had done no favor to slav macedonians. None of this will resolve the name issue and its the greeks that hold  the key to Nato and EU membership and economic prosperity.
    This matter is a public relations dissaster for FYROM. Also greek history is European history and in all world universities. Whatever rebelious slav macedonians do or say is just feel good for themselves and achieves nothing. Sooner or later the Albanian citizens of FYROM will outumber the slav macedonians and its game over for the die hards.
    Personally I dont care what you die hards have to say or think. Look around you. Greek is used in the sciences greek makes up over 20% of the english laguages greek names are in maths, phylosphy sciences, greek coins are foud as far as india ( google indi greeks). Where it the slav macedonian in all this since you are such an ancint race.
    As for the citizens of half the worlds population they wouldn even know where you are or who you are nor do they care. When greece blocked nato memebrship even G.W Bush said the name issue has to be resolved for FYROM to gain memebership.
    So stop beinh insulting and wake up to the real world..
    PS Some slav macedonias were Upset with Hollywood because called the Macedonians greeks in the movie ALEXANDER

  • nick

    and you have witnessed all this ?
    Occupied Greece? please define?
    All I know post WW2 while fyrom macednians were living under a dictatorhip greek slav macedonians enjoyed democracy – and now you guys want to free them?
    from what? 

  • Blagoja

    Looks like The Australian Macedonian Weekly won the court case.

    That may be because in Australia there is Freedom of Speech, and things like Freedom of the Press, unlike in Greece.

    NAME ISSUE
    Macedonia wont be changing names like you fantasize about.
    For Macedonia to change name the whole country must have a referendum and there would have to be a majority vote. In other words NEVER.
    Even if there was a majority vote it would still be up to the politicians of the day.

    EU
    What is so great about joining the Euro after Greece has crippled the currency ?

    NATO
    In the war against Terror, Greece openly and publicly condemns all allies while Macedonia is still helping in places like Afganistan. Great allies Greece 😉

  • durka durka

    There is no such thing as macedonian identity, you slavs dont belong to greece Mediterraneans do, you cooldnt possibly evolved in the region you migrated there 800 years after alexanders death with the bulgars. Your language is a serbo bulgarian language has no connection with ancient macedonian that are infact a greek doric dialect.

  • durka durka

    pfffft

    Cyrill means lord methodius means method,

    They were greek and they took those names with one purpuse to bring culture to the slavs, “the way of the lord”

    You clearly dont know anything at all.

    It was never called solun, it was thessalonika and it has a meaning just like alexandros has a meaning, learn it.

    This is not a macedonian alphabet it is a font for the greek orthodox tect, the bulgarians adopted it then you because you are bulgarians.

    “.The Macedonian language has been spoken much earlier than the Greek language.”

    Then why is it that it looks and sounds bulgarian?

    i can read ancient macedonian you know why? Because it is greek, the language alexander spoke was doric greek, The first macedonian kings came from the doric city of peloponese argos, In doric mace means length, macedonia means highlands and macedonians are the tall highlanders.

  • durka durka

    There is no such thing as macedonians you are bulgarians get it in your think skull. Macedonians are greek, Read the ancient macedonian texts and then talk to me on who is macedonian.

  • durka durka

    No one says these nonsense but yourself and it is nonsense, you have higher unemployment than greece and your wage per month is 200.

    You are slavs, the macedonians came from the peloponisian city of argos which is close to egypt, which means they were not slavs.

  • durka durka

    “Greeks are not credible people”

    Says the bulgarian

    ” They fight with all of their neighbors in Europe and have isolated themselves.”

    ??? Are you talking about yourself? Do you even know anything about the history of europe?

    “What Greeks have to say about Macedonia is insignificant”

    macedonia is greek.

    “when over two thirds of the worlds population, and over 130 countries around the world recognise the Republic of Macedonia under her constitutional name.”

    True because why would they care but guess what they also recognize that alexander the great was greek

    PWND

    “Thousands of years of history can not be explained in a few paragraphs”

    No but you can at least have some damn history to prove that, like facts, like say proof

    Can you read ancient macedonian? No i can, because its GREEK

    What does macedonia mean it comes from greek doric dialect word meca which means length, it means highlands.

    The first macedonians came from the peloponisian city of argos, they spoke doric greek. So all and all you are not macedonians you dont speak the same language you are not the same race and you dont even set in the right land, the area you inhabit was paionia and verdaska under yugoslavia.

  • durka durka

    “That may be because in Australia there is Freedom of Speech, and things like Freedom of the Press, unlike in Greece.”

    Are you isnane there is no freedom of speech in neither fyrom of australia

    In fyrom they spread that propaganda and anyone who does not agree gets silenced in australia they have this idea that they must respect whatever foregneirs say but they are not allowed to say the same things, typical pc western culture, in greece you can say anything you want.

    We dont have to fantasize anything, your country is a joke all histroians agree eventually you will destroy yourself.

    If eu and nato are crap why you want to join so muc?

    ” Greece openly and publicly condemns all allies while Macedonia is still helping in places like Afganistan. Great allies Greece ;)”

    What on earth you are talking about? Google what eu un and nato are, greece was one of the funding members of un. You cooperate with the terrorists

  • durka durka

    ” im sure they know their ancestry lies in Middle East/Africa. ”

    Em the macedonians came from peloponese, which is close to certe and africa tell me how the macedonians were slavs and how the greeks were not mediteranian, if the greeks are not greeks why do they look like other mediteranians like say italians and spanish?

    It is YOU who are not macedonians you came here wit hthe bulgar war. It is YOU who is delusional, no one takes seriously the things you are say, only you becuase they are utter nonsense. As for the turks, ehmmm, you do realize you were under occupation too and most of your country is muslim?

  • durka durka

    “You cannot fight with lies”

    PROCEEDS INTO FIGHTING WITH LIES.

    “For heavens sake, Macedonian graves/tombstones were demolished. If thats not genocide, then explain what is?>”

    Lies because there is no proof and no one takes your seriously not even one academic.

  • durka durka

    “.We all live in Australia and let people call them selves what they want.”

    can i call myself an attack helicopter then?

    Look macedonians were greek because they wrote and spoke greek. We are not the only ones who accuse them of stealing history bulgaria and serbia says the same.

  • durka durka

    Macedonia which comes from ancient greek doric mace which means length, macedonia means highlands and the people living there highlanders.

    Alexandros, alex=repel, andros= man

    Maeconians came from the peloponisian city or argos, they were greeks not slavs slavs did not set foot there for over 800 years after alexander’s death

  • durka durka

    Macedonia which comes from ancient greek doric mace which means length, macedonia means highlands and the people living there highlanders.

    Alexandros, alex=repel, andros= man

    Maeconians came from the peloponisian city or argos, they were greeks not slavs slavs did not set foot there for over 800 years after alexander’s death.