CONSTITUTIONAL PROCLAMATION OF JULY 2nd, 1981
The authors who sign this proclamation come from different aesthetic, ideological
or political fields and from different generations. However, apart from their
differences, they agree on certain basic principles, which they wish to make
public with this statement, underlining that they keep their personal beliefs intact.
They believe that freedom and diversity in expression, the confrontation of ideas,
the independence of intellectual creation from any kind of manipulation, be it of
state, political parties or of economic nature, is a necessary condition for the
realization of the author’s work.
At the same time, however, they believe in the active and free participation of
intellectual people in the commons, according to their beliefs, for the evaluation of
the present times and the visualization of the future of the country, especially in
terms of education and language. This is more imperative today, when the
consequences of the recent dictatorship are still severe.
They believe that the defense of democracy and the rights of human beings and
citizens is a collective duty. In a world that needs solidarity, they feel solidarity
with every writer and every person, anywhere on earth, who is persecuted for
their work or ideas.
For these reasons, they believe that they have the obligation to join a collective
effort, which would make possible the formation of an organization which could
represent the intellectual potential of this country and express these principles and,
at the same time, protect the legal interests of its members. Because they
strongly believe that the author's work, despite its special character, is a form of
profession, from the exercise of which rights arise that must be recognized and
secured, without this implying privileged treatment, nor unfavorable discrimination
for the author.
The goals of the Society are:
1. The defense of freedom and pluralism of speech and expression, within the
framework of democratic freedoms and the rights of human beings and citizens.
2. The undertaking of any conducive activity for the promotion and dissemination
of Greek literature and language.
3. The protection of the material, intellectual and moral rights of its members. The
protection in general of their professional interests and, in particular, their author's
4. The support – judicial, moral or otherwise – to any author, member or not of
the Society, whose work is subjected to any form of censorship, or who
himself/herself is prosecuted for his/her work or ideas, following a decision of the
Board of Directors. Specifically, legal aid is offered to any member facing
prosecution for his/her writing.
5. The active intervention in the state, and in general any public procedures, for
taking and implementing decisions concerning literary and cultural matters.