ARGYRIS DINOPOULOS : LAW, JOURNALISM AND POLITICS
A lawyer, journalist and war correspondent, Argyris Dinopoulos was a Member of the Greek Parliament from 2007 to 2014 dealing, mainly, with the pressing social issues and the implementation of the necessary structural reforms to keep Greece within the Eurozone.
He was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs in June 2014 , the pinnacle of his political career.
The bail out ofindebted local municipalities , the mobility of working force within them and the introduction of a new legislation against corruption in the Greek political parties are among his ministerial achievements.
He was first involved with politics in 2002 when he was elected mayor of Vrilissia, a municipality located in the north of Athens.
He is nationwide acknowledged as the Mayor who managed in less than 4 yearsto transform his town creating , among others , a traffic-free town center ,a network of municipal parks and sport centers , thus highlighting Vrilissia as one of the most demanding places for buying property.
He completed his secondary education at the French Lyceum.
Continued in the Law University of Athens and completed his post-graduate studies in the Universities of Paris (Paris 2) and London (UCL).
The subject of his post- graduate studies was Comparative Law, with a specialization in the legal systems of the Communist Countries of the time.
His thesis focused on the Theory and Practice of Socialist International Law.
He obtained his LL.M degree from the University College of London in 1981.
From practicing law to journalism
Argyris Dinopoulos worked as a lawyer when he decided to give up, temporarily, law for journalism.
From that point he went on to become one of the most prominent reporters of both , public and private Greek TV networks.
The first coverage of a major event
The collapse of the communist regime in Romania in December 1989 and the subsequent execution of Nicolaje Causesku was the first coverage of a major international event covered by Argyris Dinopoulos.
The mission to Romania was the beginning of a long series of reports from the Balkans in the turbulent 1990’s.
The Gulf war
The main event of the early 1990s was undoubtedly the eruption of the Gulf War in 1991.
Argyris Dinopoulos covered this war from its very beginning.
Ten years later he wrote "The video tape of war ", a novel which takes place in the Middle East based on fiction and war experiences.
The Balkan tragedy
The end of the Gulf War was succeeded by the advent of the Yugoslav crisis.
A crisis that led to the bloodiest conflict in Europe since the end of WWII.
Argyris Dinopoulos covered the Yugoslav Wars from the very start until 1995 when the Dayton agreement was signed. He was also there to cover the tragic aftermath of the signing.
He bore witness to the Kosovo war, the NATO bombardment of Serbia in 1999, the meltdown of the Milosevic regime and the ethnic clashes in FYROM between Albanians and Slaves.
He made countless reports from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and he was one of the first war correspondents who was present at Vukovar in November 1991.
He was also present in Sarajevo in the spring and summer of 1992 when the siege of the Bosnian capital begun.
War correspondent, producer and novelist
Argyris Dinopoulos, amidst the war zones, developed the skills of not only a reporter, but of a producer as well.
He had to take care of how the reports would be sent (via satellite but also via terrestrial networks) and also find ways to transport his team from war zone A to war zone B.
Only after the persistent pressure exercised by Argyris Dinopoulos and some other Greek reporters, the newly founded Greek TV networks purchased satellite telephones (massive contraptions of more than 30 kilos each) that proved to be the most valuable devices for war correspondents in the 1990s.
In 1993, the year of the inhumane siege of Sarajevo, Argyris Dinopoulos wrote the book “Is this Sarajevo?” a chronicle of the everyday life of Sarajevo’s besieged citizens.
In Greece, it caused an upheaval due to the fact that it revealed the war crimes committed by Bosnian Serbs against the Muslim population of Bosnia.
The major events of the 1990s
Apart from the Yugoslav Wars, he covered the major events of the 1990s all around the world.
He was in Rwanda during the civil war and in Mexico during the uprising of the Zapatistas.
He witnessed the coup against Mikhail Gorbachev in the dying Soviet Union, the riots in Albania, the deathly earthquakes in India, Turkey and Egypt.
He was also present during environmental disasters such as the oil spill off the coast of the Shetland Islands and the disastrous blazes in Australia.
Afghanistan and Iraq
Following 9/11, Argyris Dinopoulos was one of the first foreign correspondents who managed to reach northern Afghanistan, after a long trek through central Asia, and to cover the first stage of the American intervention against the Taliban regime.
Two years later, in 2003, he was in Baghdad covering the American invasion. Hence, he has witnessed all phases of the American- Iraqi tension.
He was the first Greek contributor of the CNN’s World Report broadcasting.
In 1992 he attended in Atlanta, Georgia, a three-month course that CNN offered to its contributors.
Politics and Journalism
In 2002 Argyris Dinopoulos was involved in politics without however abandoning journalism.
He was the producer of a documentary series that was shot in various locations in the Mediterranean (Italy, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey ) and the Balkans.