+++ SUPPORT THE FUNDRAISING TO HELP FILM A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT POLICE MURDERS IN EUROPE AND CREATE THE WEBSITE OF CopWatchGR. +++
What is CopWatchGR?
CopWatchGR is an independent media, which serves as a grassroots police violence monitoring network in Greece.
CopWatchGR went online deep in the Covid-19 pandemic, when the greek state had chosen to follow a highly militarized management of the covid crisis. Every day police violence in the public space during long term curfews. At that time we chose to create a centralised digital space, where all these cases would be documented.
Since then we have recorded hundreds of cases of police brutality, which proves that Greece evolves in the direction of a proper police state.
Since then more than 40.000 people follow us on the major social media platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Why support an independent media in Greece?
Since the latest government change in Greece(2019) an unseen lack of press freedom has come up. Greece is right now on the 107th place globally (last in the EU) concerning press freedom. The right wing government practically controls all mainstream media. Lately scandals broke out of independent journalists being spied on by the Greek secret service.
Where will the money go?
1) We want to create our website, where we will visualize our archive of police misconduct cases into an interactive map. We have documented over 500 cases of police violence, that fit into different categories such as repression, racism, university police, gender violence, criminal activities, fascism.
2) Secondly we will use it to start the production of a documentary located in Athens, Paris and London. We follow and connect cases of police killings of people belonging to marginalized groups in these three metropoles.